BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Big rigs and spectacular sunshine greeted visitors at Bloomfield’s annual Big Truck and Electronics Recycling Day event on Saturday morning, May 18. The event was held on Broad Street in the parking lot across from Brookdale Baptist Church.
The trucks that are driven daily by Bloomfield’s Department of Public Works and Parks staff, Police Department and Fire Department were parked in the lot for children to sit in and pretend to drive.
For just about all the kids, honking the ear-splitting horns while inside the oversized vehicles was their favorite part.
The kids, all with huge smiles, were in awe while they were at the helm of Bloomfield's big trucks.
The trip to the event also served as an opportunity for their parents to drop off household electronics for proper recycling.
“Today is a wonderful opportunity for the public and for adults – and I think the adults have more fun than the kids do – as they see the type of equipment that our DPW, our Fire and Police Department’s use within the community,” Councilman Nicholas Joanow told TAP. “Children and adults have an opportunity here to talk to many of the employees from DPW, our fire and police force to get a better understanding of this equipment.”
Sponsored by Suburban Disposal with cooperation from the Bloomfield Recycling Committee, Brookdale ShopRite and Brookdale Christian Church, Big Truck Day combines entertainment for children and a public recycling event for adults.
“We do the electronic recycling twice a year, as we remind residents that it’s illegal to leave electronic devices at the curb, so they have two opportunities each year here during our seasonal recycling, or they can come and drop them off at the DPW depot every Saturday morning between 9 am and 12 noon,” Joanow added.
Every year, the Big Truck Day event follows the annual North End Shredding Event, which took place last month and saw residents shred over 20,000 pounds – or 10 tons – of paper, which can now be recycled, rather than thrown in a landfill.
“Our annual Big Truck Day Recycling Event is a great way to teach kids about the importance of recycling, and thanks to our dedicated Public Works and Parks staff, sit in the big trucks so many kids love,” said Recycling Coordinator Louise Palagano.