Sruti Desai is Co-chair of the Bordentown City Green Team, which introduced the first pizza box composting program in New Jersey last year. Just outside of Trenton, which is considered the “birthplace of tomato pie,” Bordentown City also has a robust pizza scene that launched this program into orbit. They have since collected thousands of pizza boxes.

Inspired by a similar initiative in North Carolina, Fernbrook Farms partnered with the Bordentown City recycling coordinator, Environmental Commission, and Green Team to create the Pizza Box Drop Off. The small shed-like structure stands beneath a tree at 209 Crosswicks Street in Bordentown, New Jersey. Anyone with a leftover pizza box is urged to empty the excess waste contained inside before sliding their box through the slot.

Every week, Abe’s Acres Farm, Fernbrook Farms, or Rancocas Creek Farm will pick up the boxes. “We use them for weed suppression and for building new beds out in the field,” said Gabriel Siciliano, owner of Abe’s Acres Farm. Apart from sustainably growing produce, this recycling program diverts otherwise unrecyclable pizza boxes away from landfills. “When something is biodegradable, insects, bacteria, fungi need to work in concert to break it down,” Siciliano said. “That doesn’t happen in landfills. But it does happen out here.”

To read the full story, visit
Author: 6 ABC Action News, Philadelphia, PA
6 ABC Action News, Philadelphia, PA