Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Other ideas presented to the town council include adding solar panels to municipal buildings and reducing garbage and recycling pick-up
Would you want to see advertisements at Continental Soldiers Park or Commodore Perry Field if it meant saving some money on your taxes? Using municipal space to generate potential advertising dollars was one of a few revenue-generating suggestions made by resident Pete Cassotis at a Mahwah township council meeting last Thursday. “I know with all of the talk about the [2% tax cap] and needing to save money, I think [we should] start looking into some of these things,” he told the council. “Every little bit helps.” Cassotis’s other suggestions included reducing twice-a-week garbage pick-up from six months of the year back down to four. In April, the township changed the garbage pick-up schedule saying that by switching garbage companies, …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The council voted 5-2 against the administration's plan that would have led to the firing of four DPW employees.
The Mahwah Township Council Thursday night voted to keep recycling services in Mahwah despite urging from the administration that outsourcing would be the best available option to help the township meet its financial obligations in the face of a state 2 percent tax cap. The council voted 5 to 2 to keep the Department of Public Works as the recycling service provider. The decision came after a two and a half hour back and forth meeting in which the administration presented its argument for outsourcing the Department of Public Works and dozens of Mahwah residents adamantly spoke out against the proposal. Council members John Spiech and Samuel Alderisio voted for the outsourcing and council members Roy Larson, John Roth, Charles Jandris, Lisa…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Nike Reuse-a-Shoe drive in Mahwah Thursday will help make playgrounds
A group in Mahwah is looking for those old pairs of sneakers hiding at the back of your closet. Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program collects used pairs of sneakers and recycles the rubber, foam and fabric used to make them. The old shoes are ground up and processed at Nike factories into what the company calls “Nike Grind.” The Grind materials can then be used, according to the Reuse-a-Shoe website, to make surfaces for all types of athletic facilities, from “running tracks and basketball and tennis courts to playgrounds and even synthetic turf fields. [S]ports surfaces of all types can incorporate Nike Grind into their design.” The material can also be used to make new shoes. The company said it launched the Reuse-a-Shoe program as a means to cut…
Monday, July 16, 2012
One councilman thinks so, do you agree?
Last week, during a council meeting discussing the future of recycling in Mahwah, one councilman expressed his opinion that those that don’t comply with mandatory recycling in the township should face a fine. “People in town must recycle,” Councilman Sam Alderisio said. “And there should be a penalty for people who don’t.” The comment got a mixed reaction from the crowd of over 100 residents who attended the meeting to hear the discussion and voice their opinions on recycling in the Mahwah. Some in the crowd booed, while one resident made a public comment in support of the idea. Other residents talked of concerns about the idea, saying that it would be logistically impossible, or too expensive, to enforce. According to the township’s …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Contact MEVO for more information about recycling bins
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Monday, July 2, 2012
Dear Editor, Hi, my name is Jordan Swenson and I work with the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization. We are currently working on a project trying to distribute bins we are receiving from a company, Hydrosorbent Dehumidifiers, up in Massachusetts. This company acquires about 35 bins a week, and we have been collecting and storing them. Our main goal is to stop these bins from being thrown in the garbage, and we felt a good way to do that is convert them into recycling bins and distribute them to local businesses, schools, municipal buildings, and residents. [The bins] are made of heavy duty cardboard and have a metal rim that locks on a lid. Local businesses interested in adding a recycling bin to their facilities should visit MEVO…
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Bring old electronics, paper and tires to Campgaw Saturday
For the last time this year, a county-wide paper shredding, electronics and tire recycling event will take place Saturday at Campgaw Mountain as the Bergen County Utilities Authority will attempt to make Bergen a bit more environmentally conscious. Campgaw will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept used electronics and tires, and shred old documents. The documents could include old tax forms, banking statements or bills. Keep in mind that newspapers, magazines, and books will not be accepted. Shredding will be limited to four bags per resident and each bag cannot exceed 10 pounds. E-waste, which as of January 1 of this year cannot be disposed of in the regular trash and recycling collections, includes old computers, cell phones, printers…
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Township releases "How To" reminder for residents
The township last week released a “Guide To Mahwah Recycling” on its website. With many families cleaning out their homes before the holiday season, this serves as a good reminder of Mahwah’s procedures. Items OK for curbside pickup: Items that need to be brought to the recycle center: Mahwah’s recycling center, at 142 N Railroad Ave., is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. All items should be brought to the center in labeled containers. More information is available by calling 201-529-3344. Items that cannot be recycled: The county has a program set up to dispose of paper and documents (mobile shredding days) and hazardous wastes. The next scheduled paper shredding day and computer/electronics …
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wondering what to do with old paint, chemicals and other hazardous waste cluttering your garage and basement?
Household hazardous waste like paint, antifreeze, weed and bug killers and household cleaners need to be disposed of properly. This Sunday, the Bergen County Utilities Authority will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road in Paramus. The June 12 collection runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the complete list of accepted hazardous waste, visit the BCUA website. HHW Events offer Bergen County residents a location for the safe and proper disposal of household generated hazardous waste. For more tips on proper disposal of garage clutter, read this article.
Monday, April 18, 2011
It's that age old question, but where exactly does Mahwah trash go?
Though you may not realize it, trash you put curbside every week travels out of state before making it's final stop. "The trash collected from residents is disposed at a transfer station that is determined through a competitive bid. The township also contracts the curbside collection of trash to a private vendor, also through a competitive bid," Mahwah Public Works Director Keith Hallissey says. The town's trash is also serviced by Suburban Disposal Inc. The company is one of the leading providers of waste services in New Jersey. "Mahwah trash goes to C&A Carbone Inc. The plant is located on Western Highway, in Western Nyack, N.Y.," says manager Danny Parisi. Mahwah Township handles its own recycling. "The recycling that is collected …
Friday, April 15, 2011
Lighten your load and open up your living spaces by letting go of some winter baggage.
Welcome to Spring Clean Green, a weekly Earth Month feature. This week, Patch takes a look at what's stuffed into closets, drawers and under the furniture, to give you ways to refresh and simplify your home by donating and recycling items. Below are suggested donation sites, thrift/consignment stores and creative ways of giving your old things a new life. Clothing & Linens Donate Donate to a number of thrift stores in the area: Ditto, Salvation Army, Red, White & Blue. Barbara Anne’s Consignment Boutique also accepts donations and a percentage of the profits goes to the Iron Matt Foundation. Drop off items at one of the nearby Red Cross collection bins around town or schedule a pickup. Give old prom dresses to deserving girls through …