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Pascrell Announces Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Grant for Paterson

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) award to the City of Paterson. This federal investment will allow Paterson to implement municipal compost plans and food waste reduction strategies.

“Increasing our composting capacity here in Paterson will help make our city and our environment heathier for everyone. This is tremendous news for our community,” said Rep. Pascrell. “With this federal award, Paterson will grow its environmental education program within its public school system and expand composting systems in two school buildings. While I am in Washington fighting to pass a Green New Deal to marshal a whole of government response to reversing the harmful impacts of climate change, I am delighted to know that Paterson will be working with Rutgers to make progress here in North Jersey. And I will continue to fight for federal grants like this that benefit our air, our water, and our land.”

“We are profoundly grateful for Congressman Pascrell’s steadfast advocacy for Paterson,” said Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh. “This grant will benefit our students, city, and environment. This will also provide us an opportunity to extol the virtue and value of composting.”

The CCFWR program assists local and municipal governments with projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Implementation activities will increase access to compost for agricultural producers, improve soil quality and encourages innovative, scalable waste management plans that reduce and divert food waste from landfills.

Partners in the Paterson project include the City of Paterson, Paterson Public Schools, and the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension with support from the Center for EcoTechnology. The project will increase environmental education within Paterson’s public schools and encourage composting by students and staff of two public school buildings; eventually expanding to stakeholders, the entire school district, the City of Paterson, and local institutions that generate significant food waste.

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