2017 Paper Shredding & Hazardous Waste Recycling Dates

The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce the schedule for two special events for residents. These services are provided at no additional cost to the residents of Springfield.  The programs are funded through various recycling grants. Proof of residency is required. Absolutely no businesses will be allowed. The events will be hosted at the Springfield Community Pool parking lot (Morrison Road).

A paper shredding event will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Residents are limited to four bags or boxes of documents not weighing more than 10 pounds each in order to accommodate as many people as possible.  All shredded material is recycled, providing a secure and environmentally sustainable way to dispose of unwanted documents. There are two major advantages to this event; one is the secure destruction of personal documents and the other is the benefit of disposing of material in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner. On a personal level, paper shredding helps protect individuals from identity theft and consumer fraud. Examples of documents that may be shredded are ATM receipts, bank statements, documents containing social security numbers, canceled and voided checks, bills, medical records, etc.   As the date is also the first Saturday of the month, this coincides with the Department’s expanded recycling drop-off from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 On an environmental level, a sustainable environment is critical to protecting and maintaining the earths’ resources for future generations. How will our paper shredding event contribute to sustainability and help protect our natural resources? The answer is simple! Instead of using virgin wood fiber, recycling one ton of paper would:

  • save approximately 17 trees
  • save enough energy to power the average American home for six months
  • save 7,000 gallons of water
  • save 4100 kw of energy
  • save 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE)*

*Sources: Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts & Figures
Energy Information Administration
US EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM) 

On Sunday, May 7th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Department of Public Works in conjunction with the County of Union will accept household hazardous waste materials for recycling.  This program assists residents with the proper disposal of materials not ordinarily permitted with regular garbage or recycling pick-ups.  A list of materials accepted can be found at http://ucnj.org/recycling/household-special-waste