2018 Earth Day RECYCLING Fair!

Come drop off items for Recycling!

Montgomery Township Environmental Commission and Sustainable Montgomery will hold the 13th Annual Earth Day Fair on Sunday, April 22, 2018, Noon to 3 PM. This year’s free Fair will be held at Skillman Park after the Run with Rotary. In addition to providing many recycling opportunities, this year’s fair will bring back family entertainment and educational tables.

The event will be held at Skillman Park, between Larocque Circle  and Village Elementary School (GPS: ~150 Main Blvd, Skillman, NJ 08558 – see https://www.runwithrotary.org/Maps/p/781/

This year’s Earth Day Fair will be held in conjunction with the Montgomery / Rocky Hill Rotary Club and occur after the Run with Rotary that morning.

This year’s  Recycling Fair will again provide collections for recycling a great variety of items.*  Here is the final list of what we can accept:

  • Paper documents for secure shredding (staples & paper clips are ok, but no newspapers or binders)
  • Metal
  • Electronics (anything with a cord.) Old but working computers & tablets will be donated to Trenton Digital Initiative.
  • Expired/unwanted medications – to be collected by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Flower pots
  • ‘Like new’ office supplies (pens, markers, highlighters, notebooks)
  • Spent pens, markers, highlighters, and plastic utensils – to be collected by the MHS Environmental Club for recycling by Terracycle
  • Printer/toner cartridges
  • Sneakers, soccer, softball & baseball equipment – to Kicks4Caribya, on behalf of disadvantaged Caribbean communities
  • Tennis equipment (racquets, covers, bags) – for national Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton
  • Children’s books – Carolyn Stokes Preschool, a Trenton area preschool library
  • Bicycles for Boys & Girls Club bike program
  • Clothing & shoes (new or gently used) – to benefit the Rescue Mission of Trenton
  • Business attire – for Dress for Success (women) and UIH Family Partners (men)
  • Golf Clubs – for First Tee of Raritan Valley
  • Personal hygiene products (new items only) including:  chapstick, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, comb/brush, feminine hygiene products

*Please note, no other waste or recycables will be accepted (e.g. plastic, paint cans, batteries, wood, household hazardous waste) except the items listed above.  See the Township’s Container Facility regulations for disposal of items that are not recyclable, not hazardous waste, and that cannot be collected by their trash hauler.  For disposal of items such as household chemicals go to  Somerset County Household Hazardous Waste Days page.

Also, we are asking residents who participate in the Earth Day Fair to please bring a donation for the Montgomery Food Pantry.  Any non-perishable item is welcome, but the following are suggestions of much needed items:

Laundry detergent
Paper products (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper)
Cleaning supplies
Canned tuna & canned chicken
Mayonnaise
Cake & brownie mix, frosting
Canned fruit

If you have questions, please contact Environmental Commission/Sustainable Montgomery member Frank Derby at fderby@gmail.com or Montgomery Open Space Coordinator Lauren Wasilauski at lwasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us.  Thank you!

OVERVIEW OF DAY’S EVENTS, INCLUDING RUN WITH ROTARY IN MORNING

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13th Annual Earth Day Fair 4/22/18

Montgomery Township Environmental Commission/Sustainable Montgomery is proud to announce the 13th Annual Earth Day Fair on Sunday, April 22, 2018, Noon to 3 PM. 

This year’s free Fair will be held at Skillman Park after the Run with Rotary. In addition to providing many recycling opportunities, this year’s fair will bring back family entertainment and educational tables.  The Fair is being organized in conjunction with the Montgomery / Rocky Hill Rotary Club. Come make a day of it!

“The recycling aspect of our annual Fair is always big hit with the community. But this year’s afternoon at Skillman Park will also include music, entertainment, learning opportunities for all ages, and much more!” said Frank Derby, event organizer and member of Montgomery Township’s Environmental Commission/Sustainable Montgomery.”

RECYCLING OPPORTUNITIES

There will be collections for recycling a great variety of items, including metals and electronics, as well as opportunities to donate to various non-profit groups.  The latest list of items which may be brought for recycling is posted on the RECYCLING page of this Earth Day Fair website.

The Fair will be held at Skillman Park between Larocque Circle and Village Elementary School (GPS: ~150 Main Blvd, Skillman, NJ 08558 – see https://www.runwithrotary.org/Maps/p/781/).  There will be plenty of parking for those who stay to enjoy the Fair but also easy access for those just dropping off items.

If you have questions, please contact Environmental Commission/Sustainable Montgomery member Frank Derby at fderby@gmail.com or Montgomery Open Space Coordinator Lauren Wasilauski at lwasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us.  Thank you!

4/11/18

 Every Day is Earth Day in Montgomery Township

 

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Thank you for 10th Year of Earth Day Fair!

Montgomery Township Environmental Commission and Sustainable Montgomery proudly presented the 10th Annual Earth Day/Green Fair on Sunday, April 19, 2015.  It was a great day with terrific offerings for the many who attended.  Photos of the 2015 Earth Day Fair are found in the photo galleries of the Montgomery Twp. website.  Resident response to the offering of collection point for metals, electronics, and other materials for recycling was phenomenal (see photos). Over 3,000 lbs of paper was shredded and 7,120 lbs of metal was collected!

The volunteer Environmental Commission and Sustainable Montgomery and their supporters deserve a depth of gratitude from our residents for orchestrating Montgomery’s only environmental public fair for 10 very successful years in a row.  This is an amazing achievement!

Thank you also to this year’s sponsors – Calaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, Montgomery Womens Club, Rocky Hill Cleaners, and The Waldorf School of Princeton!

The purpose of the Fair is to:

  -facilitate the exchange of environmentally friendly/sustainability  ideas and information

  -promote environmentally responsible/sustainable actions, and

  -celebrate the environmentally responsible practices that local businesses and groups are using.

Hundreds of people come through the Fair each year, held at Montgomery High School, and there is never a charge for admission or to participate. Environmentally friendly businesses and non-profits are welcome to table at the event to provide educational materials.

Contact the Earth Day Fair Planning Subcommittee at earthdayfair@gmail.com or Lauren Wasilauski, Open Space Coordinator, at lwasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us (or by phone at the Municipal Building at 908-359-8211 ext. 343) with any questions.

Check back for updates on next year’s event.  Volunteer event planners wanted, including mature high school students or scouts!

 

 Every Day is Earth Day in Montgomery Township

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10th Annual Earth Day Fair to be a Special Event

Montgomery’s Earth Day Fair on April 19th will be special this year, its 10th year running. The event is organized by the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission and Sustainable Montgomery. The emphasis is on fun, hands-on learning and recycling.

The Jersey Junket Cajun Band will be there. So will Otto the Balloon Man, a favorite with children, and local dance groups.

Recycling companies will be ready to take hard-to-dispose-of metals and e-trash—even lawn mowers, metal shelving, computer monitors, printers and scanners. The Somerset County Sheriff’s office will accept unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. There will be free seedlings and instructions on how to nurture them as dozens of exhibitors help celebrate the 10th fair from noon to 4 p.m. at Montgomery High School, 1016 Rt. 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.

“The fair, its exhibits and activities are free. The fair has attracted as many as a thousand people in recent years,” said Mary Reece, chairperson of Montgomery Township’s Environmental Commission.  “We are looking forward to welcoming one and all, rain or shine. This is a perfect time to enjoy entertainment and exhibits at the fair and to drop off the recyclables you found when you were finishing up spring cleaning. Recyclers will be waiting.”

Last year 2,820 pounds of metal and 9,780 pounds of electronics were recycled at the fair.

Rx, Electronics & Metals Recycling, Paper Shredding Available.

NewTech Recycling will be recycling unwanted cell phones, computers, cables, speakers and printers.

Klein Recycling will be collecting metal, including file cabinet, tools, pots and pans and yard furniture.

For those who want to recycle prescription and over-the-counter drugs to avoid polluting drinking water, there will be a drop-off at the Fair supervised by the Somerset County Sheriff’s office. Please remove any personal information from containers. No needles or sharps will be accepted.

Residents of Montgomery Township with proof of residence can bring recyclable paper to a shredder at the high school and securely dispose of documents, check stubs, medical records and other sensitive materials – no need to remove staples or paper clips. NexCut will shred the paper but won’t accept binders.

The fair is run entirely by volunteers, the Montgomery Township Environmental Commission/Sustainable Montgomery, and their supporters.  It’s the township’s biggest community-wide environmental event.

“Strong community support for 10 years has helped promote environmentally friendly and sustainable actions,” Reece said.

To learn more, become a sponsor, or to find out how to get involved in other ways, go to http://edf.montgomery.nj.us/ or contact Lauren Wasilauski at 908-359-8211 extension 343.

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Bring your Recyclables to the Earth Day Fair!

Spring clean your home at Montgomery Township’s Earth Day Fair! During the Fair we will be collecting a number of materials so that they be reused or recycled and not end up in area landfills.

Get ready now and start setting aside your materials!

NOTE: This list is from April 2015.

Books Mary Jacobs Library will be hosting a paperback book exchange at the Fair: bring a book, take a book.
Electronics NewTech Recycling (www.newtechrecycling.com), Somerset County’s designated e-trash recycler, will be collecting items like cell phones, personal computers  & peripherals, cables, speakers, TVs, printers/scanners, & telephone systems
 Games & DVDs  Girl Scout Troop 61279 will be collecting USED (playable) video games, DVD movies, & teen books to create a Positive Exchange Store at the Carrier Clinic East Mountain Youth Lodge
Metals Klein Recycling will have an open dumpster  for collecting anything with metal: mowers, file cabinets, hangers, tools, yard furniture, pots/pans, clean aluminium or tin pie pans, irons, ironing boards, wire desk accessories, plastic coated items ( like wire shelving).
Prescription Drugs There will be a drop-off at the Fair supervised by the Somerset County Sheriff’s office. Please remove any personal information from containers. No needles or sharps will be accepted.
Shredding of Documents Residents of Montgomery Township with proof of residence can bring recyclable paper to a shredder at the high school and securely dispose of documents, check stubs, medical records and other sensitive materials – no need to remove staples or paper clips. NexCut will shred the paper but won’t accept binders.

Interested in coordinating a collection? Contact the Earth Day Fair coordinator via lwasilauski@twp.montgomery.nj.us. Check back for updates as collections are confirmed!

 

 

 

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Won’t you join us?

The theme of the fair is environmental sustainability.  We define this as meeting the environmental, economic, and social needs of the present through education and action, while enabling future generations to meet their needs.  Wouldn’t you like to be a part of helping to make this happen here in Montgomery?  

There is a link on our home page to our event registration form.  If you or your environmentally-minded organization would like to have a display or table at the fair, or help us with planning, or simply be a volunteer the day of the event, please fill this out and email to the address given.

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