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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.

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.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off, Saturday 5/2

The Essex County Utilities Authority will host its spring Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection on Saturday, May 2, “right next door” in Cedar Grove. This is a convenient location for Montclair residents.

The easy drive-in and drop-off collection takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (sharp), at 125 Fairview Avenue (next to the Old Hospital Center), in Cedar Grove.

The event is free for Essex County residents only (proof of residency may be required). Commercial and large quantity users may not drop-off any items. No early arrivals are accepted, and it is a rain-or-shine event.

Acceptable Materials:

oil-based paints and stains – paint thinners and solvents – aerosol spray paint cans – rechargeable batteries, and car batteries – kerosene – pesticides and herbicides – mercury-containing products, such as thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs (including compact fluorescent lights) and ballasts – driveway sealer –household cleaning fluids – automotive fluids, including antifreeze, steering fluids, motor oil, and gasoline – fire extinguishers (household type only) – chemistry sets – pool chemicals – propane tanks (barbecue type only) – photographic chemicals

Unacceptable Materials:

Latex paint – standard household (alkaline) batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) – empty containers – unlabeled or unidentifiable materials – asbestos – explosives – munitions – ordnance or highly reactive materials – commercial or industrial waste – regulated medical waste or infectious waste.

For more information, see the Essex County Utilities Authority website or the Environmental Affairs Office press release.

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