From: Jonathan Tamari, Home News Tribune, East Brunswick, N.J.
Published October 22, 2004 12:00 AM

Middlesex County, N.J., Supports Fertilizer Plant

Oct. 22—Plans for a Woodbridge plant that would turn food waste into fertilizer took a step forward last night as the Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to add the facility to the county's solid-waste-management plan.

The change to the county plan must still be OK'd by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The vote allows Mining Organics Management of Massachusetts to apply for the DEP permits it needs to move ahead with plans for the plant in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge.

"Mining Organics is committed to this project and will deliver a project they (the freeholders) can be proud of," said Tom Buchanan, the company's chief financial officer.

The plant would turn food waste into fertilizer in liquid and pellet form.

Richard Hills, head of the county's Division of Solid Waste Management, visited a similar Mining Organics operation in North Vancouver, Canada, and reported last night that there were no problems with odors at that site. Some freeholders had raised questions about the potential smells created by the operation.

If approved, the plant would be located in a warehouse at 75 Crows Mill Road. The plans would require township Planning Board approval.

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