The BCUA shredding truck will be in HP April 22nd from 9-noon

What to do with unwanted confidential and sensitive paperwork? Shred it!  The BCUA  Mobile Paper Shredding Program provides Bergen county residents the opportunity to these materials shredded free of charge, either at a regional or a municipal shredding event.

The shredding truck will be at the Borough Hall parking lot in Harrington Park on Saturday 4/22/17 from 9am-noon. Bring your papers (no clips, binders, or cardboard…and no X Rays) and watch them be shredded. This is open to all Bergen County residents.shredding truck 2  Members of the HP Environmental Commission and Green Team will be in attendance to help as needed with moving boxes and bags to the truck.

For further information about other local shredding dates, please call the BCUA Environmental Programs Hotline at 201-807-5825 or go to the BCUA Web site at:

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Humus sale – April 22 – for home delivery in the next two weeks. Free humus and wood chips at the HP Recycling center.

Annual Humus Sale! Stop by the Harrington Park Borough Hall parking lot on Saturday April 22nd from   9 am – noon to order humus for home delivery. The cost is $10 a cubic yard with a 2 yard minimum purchase. EC and Green Team members will be there to answer your questions and take your order. To see what one cubic yard looks like, please look at a previous post:

IMG_7905If you want to see what humus looks like or if you do not need 2 or more cubic yards (maximum purchase is 10 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).

Please contact the DPW at 201-768-0944 for more information.

The humus that is being sold on 4/22/17 is from leaves that were vacuumed up from the curbs in HP in 2015 and composted at the back of Highland Field for the next ~15 months. This rich organic material is great for garden beds!

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Treasure Hunt or Scavenger Hunt?

Treasure hunt or scavenger hunt? Or nature discovery experience? (I have no idea which photo will show up on FaceBook — friends please click on the link to see all the photos!)

In our few short hours cleaning up the woods and creek banks and swamp by Lafayette Road today (4/8) we had a fun time with all sorts of discoveries!

Raccoon footprints.






Balls, balls, balls– seriously– we picked up  squash balls, tennis balls, a baseball, a softball, a beachball, a basketball, a football, a volleyball, and random plastic balls!

Young skunk cabbage

and a license plate (deep in the woods).




When was the last time you saw a pull tab COKE can (we found a few other pull tab cans– vintage ? 1978 maybe)

Always fun and frequently an adventure to explore Harrington Park’s woods and watershed properties!!


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Lafayette Rd cleanup

Check out the roadside/woods for the northern 1/2 of Lafayette Rd > free of trash! Three members of the Environmental Commission spent just over two hours today and filled 7 large bags with trash and recyclables. The roadside area had been cleaned during our fall 2016 cleanup and we were amazed at how much stuff there was to pick up today. Lots of plastic — bags and bottles, glass bottles, cans, some pizza boxes, some paper. Neighbors’ recyclables seem to have blown into the woods, but there were plenty of cigarette buts, snack wrappers…and a lot more trash that must have been dumped or thrown out of passing vehicles. We even hauled a tire and a concrete post base out of the woods.

Unfortunately – the Saturday of spring break, before Passover and Easter, and at the same time as the Junior’s Egg Hunt is NOT a day to have as a rain/snow date for a town/park/woods/watershed cleanup. A cleanup date is challenging to schedule as it is dependent on weather/snow/water levels in the low lying areas. At this point, our next cleanup will be in the fall, but we encourage everyone to help keep HP “clean and green”.

If you see something … (please) do something: pick it up the trash or recyclable item and dispose of it properly. Mother Nature thanks you!

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Spring Cleaning!

Time for Spring Cleaning!

A great way to get involved in our town is to participate in the spring clean-up on Saturday April 8 from 9 am to 1pm. Sign in at Highland field to collect gloves, bags, clean-up tools and environmental giveaways. Volunteer for as much time as you can spare. Families are invited to work together. This is a great time to enjoy the outside – before insects emerge and poison ivy starts to grow.

The spring and fall cleanups are run by the HP Environmental Commission and HP Green Team and are supported by Bergen County Clean Communities. Please email us at – with any questions. The Green Team is looking for volunteers who want to help keep HP focused on a sustainable future for our community. Hope to see you Saturday! Mary Ann Schran Green Team Chair and Anne Lander Spring Cleanup coordinator

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Walk/Bike to school!

Just wanted to share this photo – taken March 21st just before 8am. Kudus to these three students who were on their way to HP school – biking – on the first day of spring!

The weather has warmed up a bit, the snow has melted — here is hoping that many more HP school and NVOT students are walking and biking to school this spring.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection dates 2017

Spring cleaning? The first household hazardous waste collection for 2017 takes place on Saturday March 11th in Moonachie. The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) will conduct eight household hazardous waste collection events in 2017 throughout the county. As there is no permanent drop-off facility in Bergen County, residents must bring their unwanted waste items to a collection site. Household hazardous waste will be accepted from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, (rain or shine) at the following centrally located areas: Bergen County Utilities Authority, Foot of Empire Blvd., Moonachie; Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus; and Bergen County Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah. There is no charge for Bergen County residents to dispose of household hazardous waste material at this program. This is a photograph of the large sign at the HP recycling center; there is another one at the HP library.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is defined as any municipal solid waste, generated by a private residence in a community, that is either a listed hazardous waste, or exhibits certain hazardous characteristics. These characteristics are defined by state regulation, and are based upon the ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity of the material. From residents, the BCUA will accept items such as paints, automotive products, pesticides, aerosols, flammable materials, etc. that are used around your home on a daily basis. Placing these items in your trashcan is not an environmentally sound way to dispose of them. Using them up completely is the preferred alternative. The BCUA urges you to participate in this program, which offers a safe alternative for disposal of these materials and helps us create a cleaner and healthier environment in our communities.

Items that qualify as HHW include:

  • Paints, glues, sealant, thinner, and stains
  • Button–cell batteries, appliance batteries, auto batteries, and rechargeable batteries (alkaline and heavy duty carbon and zinc batteries can be thrown away with household trash)
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Gasoline, motor oil and auto fluids
  • Aerosol containers
  • Propane gas cylinders
  • Fertilizer, insecticides and animal poisons
  • Thermometers

In between collections, please store your HWW items in their original containers or in packaging that clearly identifies the contents.

If you must dispose of your HWW immediately, Morris County has a Permanent Household Hazardous Waste facility where waste can be dropped off by appointment with a fee (call 973-829-8005)
For more information, please call the BCUA at 201-807-582 or look at


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