New Jersey residents are left scratching their noodles after finding hundreds of pounds of cooked pasta along a creek bed in the woods last week. The town has since then cleaned up the macaroni mess, but they are left with a puzzling memory.
Mountains of spaghetti and piles of other pastas, including ziti, were seemingly dumped by the stream near Veterans Park in Old Bridge, according to images posted by resident Nina Jochnowitz last Wednesday.
someone very mysteriously dumped 3-400 pounds of pasta in the woods in old bridge, nj …… i need to know everything pic.twitter.com/z6D1e7u2JJ— soup girl (@worrystonee) May 2, 2023
It was estimated that nearly 500 pounds of pasta was left behind by a mystery person. Although the pasta dumping fiasco has gained a lot of laughs online, Jochnowitz said the so-called pasta dump illustrates the larger issue Old Bridge is facing with illegal dumping and a lack of bulk garbage pickup.
Soon after Jochnowitz posted about the ordeal and reported the food waste to the township, the town’s Public Works rushed to the scene and cleared the noodles.
“You might say, ‘Who cares about pasta?’ But pasta has a PH level that will impact the water stream,” she told the Inquirer. “That water stream is important to clean up because it feeds into the town’s water supply … It was one of the fastest cleanups I’ve ever seen here.”