Jenn Hall

Edible Jersey: Waste Management’s New Facility In Elizabeth Turns Food Waste Into Energy

IN THE U.S. ALONE, MORE THAN 52 MILLION TONS OF FOOD ENDS ITS JOURNEY IN A LANDFILL EACH YEAR.

That’s more than a waste of food. Deprived of oxygen, a single head of romaine can take up to 25 years to decompose, producing climate-warming methane in the process. Yet, with recent innovations, that food may be put to productive use—even if it’s not on the plate. In the shadow of Newark airport, a new chapter in the state’s food-waste recycling history is being written at Waste Management’s CORe Organics Recycling Facility in Elizabeth, which opened in March of 2018. There, discarded organics are being transformed into green energy.

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Published in the Spring 2020 issue

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