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Free Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event Being Held on June 7

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, June 5, 2014 • 11:00pm

LIVINGSTON, NJ) – The second Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event of 2014, which is sponsored by the Township of Livingston, will be held at the Livingston Senior/Community Center, located at 204 Hillside Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. This event offers residents a safe way to dispose of unwanted electronic items.

“The recycling and paper shredding events are free and are limited to Livingston residents,” stated Chair of the Livingston Recycling and Reclamation Committee Renee Resky. “This year, we’re pleased have a new recycling company, Newtech Recycling Inc., participating. They will provide personnel at the event to take the electronic items out of each resident’s vehicle. For safety reasons, and to help move cars through the line, we ask residents to please stay in their cars and drive slowly through the parking lot.”

Volunteers from the Recycling and Reclamation Committee, the Livingston Environmental Commission, and the National Science Honor Society will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the recycling and paper shredding.

Under the Township’s recycling ordinance and NJ State law, it is mandatory to recycle electronic items. They cannot be placed at the curb for collection. According to the committee, Livingston’s electronics recycling drives have been very successful and generate revenue for the Township from NJ’s Municipal Recycling Tonnage Grant Program.

Residents are encouraged to clean the memory from their phones and computer hard drives before recycling. However, Newtech Recycling is R2 certified, which means they swipe clean any memory and shred the hard drives. Resources for e-cycling and data wipe out can be found on the Township’s recycling webpage at www.livingstonnj.org.

Our recycler, Newtech Recycling Inc., will not collect: smoke detectors, CFL light bulbs, car batteries, or other household hazardous materials at this event. However, the Essex County Utilities Authority will collect them at their next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Visit http://www.ecuanj.com/newsevents.html for more information about that event.

Shredding: Personal paper documents will also be shredded onsite and recycled by Atlantic Coast Fibers at Livingston’s June 7 event from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. There is a limit of five boxes per household of papers to be shredded. Residents are asked to stay in their cars, and their shredding materials will be removed by the volunteers.

“Those residents that would like to watch their records being shredded responsibly, can park their cars to the side of the line and watch the monitor on the truck shredding their documents.” said Resky, who also stressed the fact that “three-ring binders, paper clips, CDs, computer disks, pendaflex-type folders and other fastened documents cannot be accepted for shredding. Only residential shredding will be accepted, and no home-based businesses or institutions will be allowed.”

Cell Phone Collection: The not-for-profit organization Cell Phones for Soldiers will be collecting any old, broken or unwanted cell phones, parts and accessories—including batteries—at the recycling event, which will be recycled for their metal parts. In return, soldiers serving in the armed forces will receive a calling card to call home that is worth up to an hour of calling time so they can call their loved ones. These men and women serving abroad do not get a stipend to call home. Calls to home may cost $6.00 to $7.00 dollars per minute, with an average connection time of two minutes just to place the call. Tax donation receipts will also be available for those contributing items to Cell Phones for Soldiers.

“Please separate any cell phones from the rest of your electronics because volunteers will be collecting them near the “Stop” sign at the entrance to the Senior/Community Center driveway,” said Resky.

Early Drop Off: For residents who have electronics to recycle but cannot attend the Saturday, June 7 event, the Recycling and Reclamation Committee is offering an “early drop off” day at the lower level of the Senior/Community Center on Thursday, June 5, from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., and Friday June 6, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. There will be a cart in the lower lobby of the building that residents may use, if desired, to bring their electronics to the designated Craft Room. Residents cannot leave items outside for early drop-off as it delays the opening of the event on Saturday.

Please Note: Early Drop Off is only for electronics—there is no early drop off for paper shredding.

The Township’s goal in sponsoring recycling events, as part of the Livingston Living Green Initiative, is to ensure that recyclable items do not go into the waste stream. This event benefits the community by reducing the total weight of solid waste collection going to the incinerator or landfill, which reduces the total spent on garbage disposal fees. And, it can increase the amount the Township receives in grant dollars for recycling, which then will fund recycling activities in Livingston. Since the inception of the program in 2007, over 515 tons of electronics have been recycled, and more than 85 tons of confidential records have been shredded. 

For further information, call the Township Clerk’s office at 973-992-5000 ext. #5405, or visit  the recycling web page at www.livingstonnj.org.

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