BLOOMFIELD, NJ - On Saturday morning Bloomfield residents brought 14,720 pounds of paper documents to the Bloomfield Board of Education parking lot at 155 Broad Street to be shredded. The shredded paper was then recycled at a facility in the City of Orange.

“Shredding events are a great public service the Township of Bloomfield is proud to offer to our residents. For residents who don’t own a shredder, these events are a safe way to dispose of bills and other documents that contain sensitive information, while enabling them to properly recycle paper, preserving trees and our environment,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “I would like to thank the Department of Public Works and Parks for arranging this great event.”

“There has been a great, environmentally conscious movement in Bloomfield in recent years, from acquiring the Lions Gate property to preserving the Morris Canal,” said Councilman Nicholas Joanow. “Offering this shredding service to residents is a demonstration of the township’s commitment to helping residents protect themselves and their identities while remaining environmentally conscious. I am proud to say that the township helped distribute 140 blue paper recycling barrels to residents during Saturday’s event to use throughout the year.”

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Shredding events are a free way to safely destroy sensitive documents and diverts old paper from landfills or incinerators. More paper shredding events will be scheduled throughout Bloomfield in the coming months.

“Shredding and recycling events are important services that the Department of Public Works and Parks and the Mayor and Council work very hard to provide to all residents of Bloomfield,” said Bloomfield Recycling Coordinator Joe Testa. “I am thrilled that we will be hosting an electronic recycling event on Saturday, October 28th at the parking lot next to ShopRite on Broad Street between 9 a.m. and noon for residents from all of Bloomfield. Residents are encouraged to bring their old televisions, computers, and other electronic items to the safely recycled.”

Bloomfield Township collects commingled and mixed paper Mondays through Fridays on alternating weeks throughout town. For more information on recycling programs in Bloomfield, residents are encouraged to call 973-680-4127.

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