Happy Earth Day 2020 from the Township of Washington Green Team! While the world heals from the current pandemic, many events and projects are canceled or temporarily postponed to protect communities from spreading the sickness. Unfortunately, our team has had to partake in this by canceling our paper shredding event and tree seedling pick up. The watershed and park clean up will be postponed to a later date and styrofoam recycling program is on hold due the DPW closure. The production of our community garden is also at a hold. This is all done for the safety of the Township of Washington community and to stop the spread of the virus. Despite all of the cancelations, our Green Team has a bright future! We look forward to continuing our projects when it is safe to do so again and look forward to hopefully kicking off our Fill it Forward program for the upcoming school year and our sneaker recycling program. We thank you for all of your support and look forward to bettering our environment and Township of Washington together!
The Green Team recieves letter and Certificate of Approval for the succesful completion of an approved Community Forestry Management Plan in accordance with the New Jersey Shade Tree and Community Forestry Assistance Act. Click here for more information.
PEST ALERT - Emerald Ash Borer - Warning, this metallic green insect infests and kills ash trees - all ash species are susceptible. witht he exceptionof mountain ash.
RECYCLING RULES REMINDER - Plastic bags are NOT recyclable and you may not put your recyclables in plastic bags. You should put bottles, cans and containers loose in a barrel or bin. Bottles, cans and containers must be rinsed of all food and liquid. Containers with food and liquid residue are considered contamination. Plastic bags are considered contamination. We have been advised that we will be charged $175 per ton if the Township’s recycling has contamination. You may click here to view Waste Management's Recycling Quality Policy letter. Please do your best to comply with the rules. For more information, visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com Thank you for your continued efforts!
UPCOMING & ONGOING EVENTS:
• 4/25 - Waterway and Park Cleanup has been canceled with a reschedule date pending .
• 5/01 - Community Garden Start up has been postponed until further notice .
•STYROFOAM COLLECTION DRIVE - The Westwood Reg. Middle School Environmental Club conducted a post-Holiday Styrofoam collection drive that was a big success. Prior to the school holiday break, the 6th and 7th grade social studies teachers conducted mini-lessons on the types of Styrofoam that can be recycled. Tom Sears of the Washington Twp. Green Team provided the school with an excellent Styrofoam recycling display which the teachers were able to use to help students differentiate between the different types of Styrofoam as well as the hazards of putting Styrofoam into the landfills. Club members posted signs and advertised the Styrofoam drive on the electronic bulletin boards and Principal LaForgia promoted the effort on the school social media outlets. The response from students and faculty was overwhelming and over two large, portable dumpster bags were filled with Styrofoam.
•NEW - STYROFOAM COLLECTION BIN - The Township of Washington Green Team is starting a new Styrofoam recycling program begining Saturday December 14th. Our Department of Municipal Facilities will now accept EPS foam sheets, coolers and packaging to be recycled during regular operating hours. (Saturdays 9:00 AM-1:00 PM and Tuesdays 7:00 AM-3:00 PM) This program is open to all Township residents (non commercial) for drop off at the DMF yard by ecology permit (DMF sticker) only. This program was funded by a Grant from the State. Please click here for futher information on the types of acceptable styrofoam.
•RECYCLE YOUR OLD CELL PHONES - The Township Green Team would like to introduce the Cell Phone E-Cycling Bin located in the lobby of Town Hall. If you have old cell phones, drop them off in the bin and they will be recycled. *Please remember to remove any data on your phone.
The Green Team is always looking for suggestions and support for events (e.g., recipe exchange, gardening group) and outreach (needy, churches, rehabs, etc.) Please email us if you'd like to contribute in any way.