BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Environmental Commission has announced a new sustainability program and partnership between Home Depot and the Bridgewater-Raritan High School woodshop.

According to a release, the program involves the reuse of scrap wood, especially materials for shipping. Home Depot will donate the wood to the high school’s woodshop instead of throwing it into the dumpster, and then the students and teacher Mark Dubyna will make birdhouses and other objects to be distributed to younger children at the Bridgewater Township Eco-Blast Fair May 2.

Each year during the Eco-Blast fair, the release said, the environmental commission and Home Depot host a workshop for children to paint and decorate birdhouses and other wooden items.

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“Last year, plywood was bought to make bird houses for the Eco-Blast fair,” Environmental Commission Chairman Jim Rokosny said in the release. “In order to decrease waste and give the school building materials, Linda Light of Home Depot assisted with the donation process given to the school, of plywood scraps and other boards that would’ve been thrown away.”

Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes said he is proud to offer diverse sustainability opportunities for residents.

“This event is quickly becoming the leader in the showcase of sustainability practice and I want to thank the many volunteers who help organize and host such a great one-of-a-kind event,” he said in the release.