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Montclair Celebrates Arbor Day with Events & Seedling Giveaway!

Montclair residents looking to enrich their yards and benefit the environment by planting and preserving shade trees on their properties can join the Montclair Environmental Commission for an Arbor Day event on Sunday April 30th between 9am and noon. The Montclair Town Council officially approved a proclamation naming April 28th as Arbor Day in Montclair. The event will be held on the northeast edge of Edgemont Memorial Park.

Between 9am and noon, Montclair residents can come by to pick up free tree seedlings. Families can also participate in a tree scavenger hunt and earn the chance to win prizes donated by Montclair’s American Royal Hardware and Learning Express as well as a Watchung Booksellers gift basket worth $50 for one winner. They will also learn about participation in the Montclair  poster contest, If Trees Could Speak, running from April 28th through May 8th for children in grades K-5th-. This poster contest is co-sponsored by the Montclair Environmental Commission and Whole Foods Market Montclair.

Education materials will be available on planting, caring for trees and managing potentially diseased trees on residential properties.

The tree seedling giveaway is offered as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, a project overseen by the state and organized in coordination with the Township Community Services Department. The exact species that will be available to Montclair have not yet been released by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Last year 350 seedlings were distributed to residents.

The seedlings will come with instructions on how to store, care for and where to plant them. The guides help residents choose the right place on a property to plant a tree while keeping in mind the tree’s full-grown size.

Residents should plant the seedlings within two days after receiving them to prevent the roots from drying out.

The giveaway is open to all Montclair residents and property owners.

The Tree Recovery Campaign is a collaboration that includes Montclair, New Jersey State Forestry Services, New Jersey Soil Conservation Districts, Sustainable Jersey, Arbor Day Foundation, Brothers International, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wyndham Vacation Resorts and FedEx.

The Tree Recovery Campaign’s intention is to distribute more than 500,000 tree seedlings to New Jersey residents during the five years that it is active. This is its third year running.

Green Film Series: Landfill Harmonic

In celebration of Earth Day this month, Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs and Community Green present Landfill Harmonic, the next free movie in their Green Film Series, on Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue. All events at the library are free.

This compelling documentary follows the ingenuity and shining talent of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group of young people who play instruments made entirely out of garbage.

When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. The movie follows the troupe from landfill to sold-out concerts, even through natural disasters.

Favio Chavez, their music director, must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. Bring the family, a friend, or your favorite young musician to this uplifting film and take part in our open discussion afterwards.

For further questions, please contact Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721. RSVP & share on Facebook, here!

ShredFest is on April 30th!

Montclair residents doing some spring cleaning can now celebrate Earth Day and enjoy the peace of mind from seeing their confidential documents securely shredded, while saving money and boosting recycling.

The next Montclair Shred-Fest! will be held on Sunday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Community Services Yard, 219 North. Fullerton Avenue. This event is hosted by the Montclair office of Environmental Affairs and is free for all residents.

Some people are concerned about recycling their personal documents such as tax forms, medical records, financial information or business transactions. These recyclable papers often end up getting thrown away as garbage, but that disposal is expensive.

All municipalities in this county pay around $84 per ton to burn our refuse at the Essex Covanta mass-burn incinerator, in the Ironbound section of Newark.

Instead, Montclair actually earns money for our recycled paper, so not only do we avoid the cost of disposal, we also generate income from selling the recyclables to our vendor. That means over a $100 per ton difference between throwing away our paper or recycling it.

Our community disposed of almost 11,500 tons of solid waste last year, and as much as one-third of that was recyclable paper. That means Montclair taxpayers threw away well over one-third of a million dollars; talk about burning our own money!

Therefore, we need to capture all of these unwanted documents. Now residents can watch their private papers be destroyed, while still recycling this valuable material.

A paper-shredding truck will be provided, free of charge; residents just drive in and unload their personal files. You may bring paper in a reusable container, or in paper bags or boxes, but no plastic bags!

So, you can now recycle more paper, clear out all those unneeded documents from your home, and help to save tax dollars, all at the 2017 Montclair Shred-Fest!

Remember: confidential paper documents only; regular paper recycling is collected curbside, or can be dropped off on Saturdays at the Recycling Center in the DCS Yard.

Don’t worry about paper clips, staples, or envelope windows, but no metal clasps or hanging files; clear scotch tape is acceptable, but not masking or duct tape.

For further information, contact the office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or, grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

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