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Township to Hold Free Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event on March 23

The Alternative Press Staff

Friday, March 14, 2014 • 12:31am

LIVINGSTON, NJ) – Sunday, March 23, will be the first 2014 Township of Livingston sponsored Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding Event. This event will offer residents a safe way to dispose of unwanted electronic items. Residents may bring their electronics and paper to the Livingston Senior/Community Center at 204 Hillside Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 23, in the rear parking lot.

“The recycling and paper shredding events are free and are limited to Livingston residents,” stated Chair of the Livingston Recycling & Reclamation Committee Renee Resky. “This year, we’re pleased have a new recycling company, Newtech Recycling Inc. 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 processes.

Under the Township’s recycling ordinance and NJ State law, it is mandatory to recycle electronic items—they can’t be placed at the curb for collection. According to a Livingston official, Livingston’s electronics recycling drives have been very successful and good revenue generator 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 them. However, Newtech Recycling is R2 certified, which means they will 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.

Items to be accepted for Electronic and Small Appliance Recycling include: Computers (erase or remove hard drive if possible) and Components, Monitors, Flat Screens, Printers, Copiers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Speakers, Keyboards, Laptops, USB and Other Cables, Telephones, Televisions, VCRs, Stereos, Radios, DVD Players, Microwave Ovens, Toasters, Irons, Cell Phones (erase memory if possible), Pagers, Typewriters, Electronic Games, Portable Electronic Music Devices and PDA’s, Diskettes, CD’s and DVD’s, Zip Disks, Audio and Video Tapes, Inkjet, Laser Printer and Fax Cartridges, and Rechargeable Batteries.

Recycler, Newtech Recycling Inc., will not collect the following items:  smoke detectors, CFL light bulbs, car batteries, or other household hazardous materials at this event. However, the Essex County Utilities Authority will be holding their next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 125 Fairview Avenue (next to Old Hospital Center) in Cedar Grove. Click here for more information about that event.

Shredding: Personal paper documents will also be shredded onsite and recycled by Atlantic Coast Fibers at Livingston’s March 23 event from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a limit of five boxes per household of papers to be shredded.

“A monitor is available on the truck so residents can watch their records being shredded responsibly,” said Resky. She 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.” Resky also said that only residential shredding will be accepted—no home-based businesses or institutions will be allowed to participate.

Cell Phone Collection to Benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers: 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 March 23 recycling event, which will be recycled for their metal parts. In return, soldiers serving in our armed forces will receive a calling card to call home worth up to an hour of calling time to call their loved ones. These men and women serving abroad do not get any 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,” said Resky, “because volunteers will be collecting them near the “Stop” sign at the entrance to the Senior/Community Center driveway.”

Early Drop Off: For residents who have electronics to recycle but who cannot attend the Sunday, March 23 event, the Recycling & Reclamation Committee is offering “early drop off” days at the lower level of the Senior/Community Center on Saturday, March 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A cart located in the lower lobby of the building will be available for residents to use to bring their electronics to the designated Craft Room.

Please note that 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 initiative 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. In turn, it can increase the amount the Township receives in grant dollars for recycling, which then fund recycling activities in Livingston. Since the inception of the program in 2007, over 495 tons of electronics have been recycled, and more than 75 tons of confidential records have been shredded.

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

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