Category Archives: Waste

Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

On Nov. 3, 2020 Governor Murphy signed into law the strongest plastics legislation in the country. The Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (A1978/S864) is now the law of the land.  The law includes a full ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam food service products. Large stores will be banned from providing paper bags, while small businesses will be allowed to provide paper bags for free as they always have. It is critical that we cut down on paper bag usage, as the production of paper bags causes three times the carbon emissions as the production of plastic bags. Plastic straws will be made available at restaurants and bars by request only. 

NJ Clean Communities funds will also be set aside for the first three years to help local governments with educational efforts and the purchasing of reusable bags for residents.

Thank you to the Mayor and Town Council who supported the Montclair Environmental Commission’s proposed plastic reduction ordinance over a year ago.  It will remain in place until the state law goes into effect in May 2022. Thanks to Montclair’s citizens and retailers for making it an easy transition.  We are now one step closer to a plastic-free future!

Compost at Montclair Community Farms!

Calling all apartment-and-condo-dwellers (and anyone else lacking a backyard bin)! Did you know that you can bring your compostables to Montclair Community Farms? Drop-offs are behind the Crane House at 108 Orange Road. For more information, please contact


First time compost contributors please come by on a Friday between 10 am and 12 pm and ask for one of our farm staff! If you have composted with us before feel free to drop off during daylight hours. Use the first compost bin on the left, nearest to the chicken coop.

YES: Fruit, fruit rinds, fruit pits, vegetables, leaves of any produce, leaves from the yard, coffee grinds and filters, teabags, flowers, sawdust, hair, dirt, newspapers (non glossy), eggshells, tree trimmings, paper bags, freezer burn items, whole spices, dried up herbs, nut shells, stale potato chips, cooked rice, wood chips, shredded paper, household plant trimmings, lint from dryer, pet hair.

NO: Bread, seafood, oil, cheese, meat, bones, weeds, compostable utensils, compostable containers, takeout containers, tissues, napkins, paper towels, leftover food with oil in it, cardboard, cooked waste, moldy food, gravy, butter, frying fat, potato peels, fish, fish bones, animal waste

Waste Study: Call for Volunteers!

The Montclair Environmental Commission would like to share the following opportunity with Montclair residents on behalf of Raysa Martinez Kruger, a PhD candidate at Rutgers University. To volunteer to participate in the focus groups, see contact information below. Please share this announcement with your friends and neighbors in Montclair!
You are invited to participate in one of three FOCUS GROUPS being conducted by a Rutgers University graduate student. The purpose of the focus groups is to learn from community residents concerning their VIEWS ABOUT GARBAGE AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. You are invited to participate in only one of the three focus group sessions. Each group will consist of not more than 10 participants who share a similar neighborhood or community. The focus group discussion will last about one hour. The focus group interview procedure involves a series of prepared questions and visual aids. During the focus group discussion, the researcher will ask the group a set of prepared questions, ask for participants’ answers, and encourage discussion among them by asking additional follow-up questions, if necessary.
Participation in the focus group is confidential. The potential benefits to society of participation in this study would include a better understanding of how community residents come to view and understand garbage and related issues as environmental and social problems in New Jersey.  Participation in this study is voluntary. Participants will receive $20 for their participation in the one-hour long focus group discussion.
Please see the announcement for dates, times, and locations in Montclair. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. If you would like to participate, CONTACT THE RESEARCHER at (732) 439-7158 to sign up. Register now as space is limited.
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