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Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc. Flora CORe Facility

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Name of Organization: 
WM of New Jersey, Inc. Flora CORe®
Organization Type: 
Business Description: 
CORe® is WM’s organic recycling process that converts food waste into EBS®, an organic slurry product used to generate green energy. With CORe®, we collect commercial food waste from restaurants, schools, food processing plants and grocery stores, screen it to remove contaminants such as plastic, packaging and bones, and blend the waste into an engineered slurry that has a consistency like cooked oatmeal. The slurry dramatically increases the production of biogas in anaerobic digesters, which is used to create renewable energy.
Contact Person: 
Arielle Bernard
Organics Sales Support Manager
Business Location: 
Flora CORe® Facility
847 Flora St
07201 Elizabeth , NJ
United States
40° 40' 4.5912" N, 74° 11' 53.7324" W
Renewal Date: 
Saturday, January 13, 2024
Waste Reduction
Description of Action: 
WM has eliminated single use plastic water bottles, and has reusable cups, plates and utensils available in our kitchen. We purchase recycled printer paper and encourage going paperless as much as possible.
Waste Reuse
Description of Action: 
At CORe, we receive a lot of food waste that is packaged and on pallets. We have identified a vendor who has been able to collect used wooden pallets and re-use them. Now instead of throwing them away, we are able to send out an average of 250 tons worth of pallets to be re-used each year. That is over 500,000 lbs worth of material that would have otherwise been sent to transfer station/landfill.
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Waste Recycling
Description of Action: 
Inside WM's office, employees recycle paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastic and glass. We also have an electronic recycling program for any electronic waste that needs to be replaced.
Food Waste
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Description of Action: 
WM's patented CORe® food waste recycling system is an innovative process that recycles pre- and post-consumer food waste into an engineered bioslurry organic feedstock, which is then introduced into an anaerobic digester at the nearby Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority to increase the facility’s production of biogas. The CORe® facility is capable of producing a high-quality bioslurry from a wide range of organic material, varying from clean organics to packaged food materials. Since the opening of the facility in March 2018 through March 2022, WMNJ has recycled over 58,000 tons of food waste.
Energy Efficiency
Description of Action: 
During renovations, WM replaced all lighting fixtures with high-efficiency, LED lighting. We installed 70 LED light bulbs throughout the facility and office which has made a significant impact on our cost savings.
Money Saved: 
Water Conservation
Description of Action: 
The Flora CORe® Facility is a zero waste operations which means any water used during the process is captured and recycled back into the process.
Certification Programs
Certification Programs Other
Description of Action: 
WM of New Jersey, Inc Flora CORe® was the recipient of the 2019 NJDEP Recycling Awards - The Department promotes recycling through the annual recycling awards program that is coordinated in conjunction with the Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR). The awards recognize the outstanding recycling achievements of municipalities, counties, businesses and industry and individuals, as well as schools and other institutions and are presented at ANJR’s annual recycling symposium. This program has generated positive publicity for New Jersey’s recycling efforts.
Environmental & Community Restoration
Environmental Success
Description of Action: 
Last year, WM presented the 2021 Sustainability report for amount of tons recycled at CORe. In 2021, we processed 18,171 tons of food waste. The following Sustainability Report reflects the total reduction in greenhouse gas emissions made from recycling food waste as well as highlights the other environmental benefits.
Emergency Preparedness
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Description of Action: 
At the Flora CORe Facility, WM has developed a thorough emergency preparedness program (EPP) to ensure that appropriate actions are taken during emergencies. Planning helps to ensure an appropriate response and minimizes confusion, injuries, and property damage. Recognizing that local situations vary, WM requires each facility to anticipate, plan, train, and drill for potential emergencies. The development of an EPP is a critical outcome of the planning process. All employees are familiar with the details of the plan, participate in any associated training and practice drills, and be prepared to execute their individual roles and responsibilities. The site conducts a drill quarterly to respond to the most common emergencies.
Support the Well-Being of Your Employees
Description of Action: 
WM offers a thorough variety of wellness programs. Our team of “Get Well Guides”— nurses, coaches, dietitians, clinicians and financial counselors—help employees and their families access the help they may need for a variety of life challenges. Employees can dial a toll-free number for confidential support and assistance from reliable, compassionate professionals. Employees and their families also have access to 2nd.MD, a virtual service that provides real-time consultation with doctors specializing in a variety of practices.
Finished Application: 
Member Since: 
Monday, January 13, 2020