Paper shredding and Humus sale 4/14/18 – and your concerns

Paper Shredding and Humus sale 4/14/18. What a gorgeous day! There was a steady stream of cars bringing papers for shredding. IF YOU MISSED THIS  – please look below for the link > the next BCUA sponsored free paper shredding is on 4/29/18 in Paramaus. HP Environmental Commission Chair Peter Ardito and I enjoyed meeting and talking with residents who came to the table to sign up for Humus ($20/2 cubic yards – DPW to deliver – call Borough Hall at 201-768-1700 or stop by to place an order this week).

The topics of resident concern that were brought up to us fall into four (broad) areas; 1) litter – management, responsibility, 2) trees – management, replacement, 3) curbside recycling, and 4) vegetative waste (and branches) – management, communication w DPW. Please know that these concerns have been and will be discussed at the monthly EC and Green Team meetings — and that they have been conveyed to Mayor and Council. We too want a clean, green and sustainable town and are working toward this. Our Mayor and Council want this too and we need to work together to make it happen. Council meetings are on the second and third Mondays of each month at Borough Hall at 7pm and are open to the public. Please consider attending a meeting to give voice to YOUR local environmental concerns; and consider joining the Green Team to help make constructive change in our community. Email the Green Team directly at, PM or reply on Facebook >> our next meeting is Wed, May 2nd at 7:30pm.

This is the promised BCUA information

BCUA 2018 Tires/Electronics/Mobile Paper Shredding Collection Schedule

The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) will once again conduct Tire Recycling, Mobile Paper Shredding, and Electronics/Computer collections at two convenient locations: Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus on Sunday, April 29th and Saturday, August 18th and Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, October 21st between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine

Respectfully yours, Mary Ann Schran – EC member and Green Team chair

  • check out the V of geese – flying overhead. Peter and I enjoyed watching and hearing the birds — so much activity here!
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Annual Humus Sale – Saturday 4/14/18 Borough Hall

Annual Humus Sale! Stop by the Harrington Park Borough Hall parking lot on Saturday April 14th from   9 am – noon to order humus for home delivery. The cost is $10 a cubic yard with a 2 yard minimum purchase, maximum 10 cubic yards. EC and Green Team members will be there to answer your questions and take your order.  This rich organic material is “home grown” and composted at the back of Highland Field; the 2018 “crop” is from leaves vacuumed up from the curbs in HP in the fall of 2016. The photo shows the “ripe” piles from 2016 (L) and from 2017, which are still composting away (R).


If you do not need 2 or more cubic yards, stop by the HP Recycling Center. FREE humus and wood chips are available year round at the recycling center for residents. Bring your own containers and shovels. There is a screen located by the humus if you wish to use this before you fill your buckets or barrels. (Wood chips are not available for home delivery).

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Upcoming — Paper Shredding

Time for a clean yard and the clearing up of (confidential) paper clutter:

  • Vegetative waste pickup is (finally) starting — Monday April 2nd! Please place leaves & twigs in barrels at the curb.
  • Larger branches/trees are chopped by the HP DPW – also on Mondays — leave at the curb
  • PAPERS! — confidential/important >> please note that the shredding truck will be at Borough Hall on Saturday, April 14th – 9-1pm. This is a FREE service
  • …and not so important PAPERS/and cardboard/newspaper – (so nice to clean up piles of papers) can be brought to the Recycling Center Mon 8am-Sat 5pm or put out in mixed/comingled recycling for Thursday am pickup.

Look for other helpful information in the HP Borough newsletter– mailed to your home last week and available at the Library and Borough Hall

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Free Trees – New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign

FREE TREES! will be available starting March 31st. In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, for the fifth year, New Jersey Forests is providing trees FREE to all NJ residents. These are young saplings –  given in a bundle of 5 trees (1-2 feet tall) for spring planting.
This is a FaceBook link for  New Jersey Forests – please look at this site for weekly updates re pick up locations/dates/times announcements.

Each event is run by the municipality—contact the municipal office with any questions. For other pickup locations and more information, including information on how to plant the trees:

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Spring and Snow… and recycling, garbage, branches and twigs

And the first day of spring brought our fourth nor’easter and a state of emergency. It looks beautiful and wintry out…hopefully to melt soon (without more tree damage). Passing along information from Harrington Park Boro Hall.

  • Garbage will be collected this Saturday, March 24th. (Twice a week garbage pickup, Wednesdays and Saturdays, will start the first week in April)
  • Recycling will be collected on Thursday, March 22nd, as regularly scheduled.
  • Large branches are chipped on MONDAYS  – please leave piles of branches by the side of the road
  • Vegetative waste (all the little branches & twigs) starts MONDAY April 2nd.
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downed branches

Thanks to heavy wet snow and the driving wind of last week’s two nor’easters, there are SO many downed branches, small and large, and several trees on the ground in Harrington Park. And this is on top of the usual winter downfall – twigs, branches, and leaves.

Curbside garden refuse pickup starts on MONDAY APRIL 2nd (3 weeks away). Please be patient — our trash hauler will not pick up branches/twigs. HP garden refuse  is taken to be composted and the organic material is returned to the environment.

Larger branches & small logs are chipped on MONDAYS by our HP DPW staff, weather permitting. Please bring them to the curb. Wood chips (from HP chipped branches) are available at the recycling center.

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Spring! forward

Spring forward! Spring 2018 starts on Tuesday, March 20th (and for many it can’t come soon enough!) Daylight Savings Time starts at 2am on Sunday, March 11th. Remember to turn your clocks ahead tonight and, while you are at it, it is a good idea to check and change the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Fun fact – this is the 100th year of DST!

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