Composting: by Rutgers Morris County Master Gardeners

Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library

449 Halsey Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Phone: 973-887-5150
Website: Click to Visit

Rutgers Master Gardener will be located in the Living Room Area to the left of the lobby.


"Equal weights of green and brown, help the microbes break it down" For decades we put household, industrial, and municipal wastes into landfills. Common sense tells us that this has to stop, especially in the highly populated Northeast. Most municipalities now have programs that recycle glass, newspaper, office paper, cans, some plastics and woody brush, but this isn't enough. In some areas up to 75% of household garbage is organic, or carbon-based, material. Over 40% is yard trimmings and food scraps. They often wind up in landfills or are destined for incineration. Environmental consciousness dictates that these materials be recycled by composting. Woody brush goes to composting facilities in some municipalities, but kitchen scraps, grass clippings and many other compostable wastes still wind up in the trash. Some food scraps are destined for a sink food waste disposer. Composting is nothing new. Nature has been "composting" in field and forest for millennia. Leaves, needles, bark, insects, dead animals, and branches have dropped to the ground and slowly decomposed. This resulting decomposed organic matter, or humus, enriches the soil and releases stored nutrients that feed forest plant life.