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All Middlesex County buildings will remain closed to the general public until further notice due to COVID-19. Only select County services are available on an appointment basis.
September 23, 2021 County Commissioner Meeting Notice: Due to the severe weather warning the meeting will now take place virtually; click here for more details.


FREE Backyard Compost Workshop
A virtual Backyard Compost Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 30th from 10am - 12pm.  
Learn from the Experts! Presenters from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service will teach you all about the composting process – what is composting, how to compost, materials that you can compost and those you cannot, and troubleshooting any issues you might encounter.  This will be a live presentation followed by the opportunity to ask questions. 
Please email, or call 732-745-4170 to register. ​

If you cannot attend the October workshop, please click here for the PowerPoint presentation​ or click here for a link to the presentation video from the November 2020 backyard compost workshop.  

Compost Bin Sales:
Compost bin sales are now both contactless purchase by check or credit card, and contactless pickup with set appointment.  Please email, or call 732-745-4170 for further details.
What is Composting?
Composting is a natural process of decomposition, where organic materials are recycled into a dark, crumbly, earthy smelling soil amendment known as compost.

Why Should I Compost?
  • Compost benefits your soil and plants
  • Composting can save money
  • Composting is easy
  • Composting helps the environment   
Things You Should Compost:
  • vegetable and fruit scraps
  • coffee grounds/filters and tea bags
  • grass clippings (nitrogen source) and leaves (carbon source)
  • other yard waste 
  • chopped twigs/branches 
Things You Should NOT Compost:
  • meat scraps/bones
  • dairy products
  • cooking oils
  • pet waste
  • fish
  • disease or insect infested plants
There are many different types of backyard compost bins, from the simple homemade type to a variety of manufactured types. All will work if you follow the proper procedures.
  • Place your compost bin on bare soil
  • Keep the material moist, like a wrung out sponge
  • Allow it to get air - stir or turn over regularly
  • Cut material being added into small pieces
  • Add a variety of materials
  • Cover added kitchen waste with brown material such as leaves
Vermi Composting: Did You Know...
  • The prefix vermi is derived from the word vermes meaning worms
  • The type of worm that is used is the red wiggler or brown-nosed red wiggler
  • The red wiggler bodies are 75-90% water
  • The optimum temperature range for the red wiggler is 55 – 77 degrees
  • They are ideal candidates for indoor living
  • The worms eat half their weight per day
Worms' Favorite Foods includes Banana Peels, Cantaloupe Rinds, Coffee Grinds, Crushed Egg shells
Lettuce, Shredded Paper, Tea Bags (remove all staples)
Worm Bins: What You'll Need
  • Container - A shallow light proof container about 12 inches deep Bedding – strips of newspaper, shredded paper
  • Control Temperature – 55 – 77 degrees is the optimum temperature
  • Moisture – the worms need water to keep their skin moist
  • Ventilation – the worms need air to breathe (keep contents of bin fluffy)
  • Cover – Worms like to be in the dark
  • Worms – you will need about a pound of red wigglers to get started

Solid Waste Management
13-15 Kennedy Blvd.
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: 732-745-4170
Fax: 732-296-6566
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