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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Oct. 10: Electronics Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

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With COVID-19 protocols in place and larger-than-normal crowds expected, the Township will hold its only Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding event of the year on Saturday, October 10, 2020. To accommodate as many residents as possible, the event hours have been extended from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and the Electronics Recycling and Paper Shredding will be held at separate locations.

Paper Shredding Moves to Heritage Middle School

Residents with papers for shredding should bring them to the Heritage Middle School parking lot at 20 Foxcroft Road between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on October 10. There is no early drop off for papers; this ensures that confidential papers are not exposed and are put directly into the shredder. If desired, residents may watch their papers being shredded.

Electronics Recycling Remains at the Senior/Community Center

Residents with electronics to recycle should bring those items to the Senior/Community Center parking lot at 204 Hillside Avenue between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on October 10.  

Due to the current COVID-19 protocols, social distancing requirements and building occupancy limits, no early drop off can be scheduled at this time. As the event date approaches, that may change. Residents are advised to visit this page for updates.

Electronics Recycling Items Shown Going into a Recycling Bin

No-Contact Drop Off

All items to be dropped off should be in the resident’s car trunk or in the rear of the vehicle. All vehicle windows must remain closed, and residents must remain inside their vehicles as the items are unloaded by recycling company personnel. Following these simple guidelines will ensure that materials can be safely removed without person-to-person contact.

Procedures

Residents with both electronics for recycling and papers for shredding are encouraged to start by dropping off their electronics at the Senior/Community Center and then proceed around the corner to the paper shredding at Heritage Middle School. Livingston Police and volunteers will help direct traffic; residents are reminded to follow their direction to ensure safety for all.

Saving Time

With longer lines expected overall, event organizers suggest avoiding what are typically the busiest times of day: early morning until 10:30, and then again at approximately 12:00 noon.

Sharing a drop-off with a neighbor, or “recycle-pooling,” can also reduce lines at the event. Simply having your neighbor place their own items in the back of your car (or you placing your items in the back of their car) is an easy, no-contact solution.

Patience & Cooperation

According to the Township’s electronics collector, Green Chip Recycling, other New Jersey towns have successfully held recycling events using these protocols since the beginning of the pandemic. “This plan was made after looking at many options in order to determine the safest and most efficient layout,” stated Recycling Committee Chair Scott Goldman.

Deputy Mayor Shawn Klein, the Council’s Recycling Committee liaison, thanked members of the community who have waited patiently for a collection event. “We thank our residents in advance for their patience. Our volunteers, Livingston’s DPW and Police, and the recycler’s staff will be working hard to get everyone through the lines as quickly and safely as possible.”  Klein also thanked the Livingston Public Schools for agreeing to make the Heritage Middle School parking lot available for paper shredding.

Residents interested in dropping off their electronics prior to the event are advised to visit the Township website for updates as the event date approaches. 

Questions about the event can be directed to Recycling Committee Chairman Scott Goldman at 973-476-2476 or scott@livingstonrecycles.org.  More information about Livingston’s electronics recycling is available here; information about the Township’s overall recycling can be found here.

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