September 9, 2022—NEWARK, NJ — NJ PBS announced that a change-making Sussex County native, Jay Fischer, is the newest subject of the digital film series, 21, streaming at MyNJPBS.org/21.
Produced by NJ PBS’s NJ Spotlight News team, the 21 digital film series investigates life in New Jersey and whether where you live affects how you live through the stories of change-making residents in each Garden State county. The short documentaries, six to 10 minutes, are accompanied online by snapshots that provide statistics, resources and other essential information for each county.
In the new episode Sussex County, viewers meet Fischer, who puts his spin on reducing, reusing, and recycling. He and his company, AG Choice, New Jersey’s first and only commercial food waste and livestock manure on-farm composter, focuses on the science behind naturally recycling food waste items and diverting them from landfills. A passionate innovator, his equipment designs have made a second life possible for everything from coffee pods to food scraps.
“We need to realize that this is the only planet that we have. We need to start being much more conscious than what we are because you can’t keep dumping stuff in a hole and thinking nothing’s going to happen,” Fischer says in the film. “Being able to take these food waste items, keep them out of the landfill, and then through what happens naturally transform them into this rich, earthy soil… it’s so satisfying.”
Fischer has also grown his business with his community in mind. In addition to his regular staff, AG Choice provides workforce training for local high school students with disabilities.
“It was important for me to build my business here, where I grew up, where we could offer good quality paying jobs…and real-world work experience (for students)”, he says in the film. “I want to leave this planet a better place than it was when I got here.”
To gain more insight into Fischer’s life and business, watch his interview on NJ PBS’s weeknight newscast, NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi, tonight, September 9 at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on NJ PBS (check local listings). News segments are available online at NJSpotlightnews.org.
The 21 series has captured stories and statistics from Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Essex, Ocean and Passaic counties on its way to a line-up of all 21 in New Jersey. A community engagement component is also being planned to stimulate conversation about life in the Garden State.
Jay Fischer of Sussex County is featured in NJ PBS's 21 digital film series