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You might think a warehouse filled with food waste would stink. But when visitors enter Jay Fischer’s warehouse, they are enveloped in the deliciously intertwined scents of coffee and chocolate.

Fischer co-founded Ag Choice, the only company in New Jersey with a relatively long track record of taking food waste and converting it into compost and topsoil. He sells it to landscapers, developers of brownfields and such iconic green spaces as the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair.

“There’s no reason for this material to be in landfills,” Fischer said. “It’s not just garbage — it’s a resource.”

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