Bordentown has started a pizza box recycling program and it’s gaining a lot of attention as they team up with local farmers by filling a pizza collection bin, instead of landfills. “Project Pizza Box” is the first of its kind in the state. “Judging from how fast this fills up, a lot of people eat a lot of pizza. We are the pizza belt of New Jersey. I just thought it would be good to have something better to do with pizza boxes then just throw them in the trash,” said Jeff Tober, who started the project.
Tober says the bin fills up to the brim every ten days located near the Farmer’s Market. Local farmers take turns emptying the collection site near Highway 206 and Crosswicks Street, then they recycle them into their crops.
Jessica Brandeisky from Fernbrook Farms says the process for pizza box recycling involves laying the boxes down flat and covering them with leaf waste and seeds. She says that the field will soon become full of cherry tomatoes. “They slowly break down over time. They put carbon back into the soil. They also feed our earthworms,” said Brandeisky, “If everyone does a little bit, we can make a big difference.”