GLEN ROCK, NJ – On February 8, the Glen Rock Environmental Commission hosted another successful styrofoam drive. Glen Rock residents, and those from area towns, arrived at the Recycling Center on Doremus Avenue, some dropping off a few pieces and others delivering a trunk full. For a 3-hour period, volunteers collected enough expanded polystyrene to fill a 26-foot truck.
After the collection was over, volunteers drove the truck to a company called Polymolding LLC in Haskell, NJ. There the styrofoam will be compressed and made into material that can be used for large construction projects. The truck rental and all fees associated with the rental were covered by a $6177 grant from Sustainable Jersey.
“These drives are important to raise public awareness of the challenges of safely disposing of Styrofoam and to demonstrate how we can all help by saving, collecting and re-purposing this material," said Environmental Commissioner Dr. Ken Jones. "These drives have a real impact on reducing the amount of Styrofoam that gets into landfills and waterways.”
“There will be 3 more Styrofoam collections in Glen Rock this year as part of a larger effort throughout the region to make Styrofoam recycling a viable option in Bergen County”, said Dr. Candace Lynch, a Glen Rock Environmental Commission. “The residents who dropped off Styrofoam on Saturday the 8th were enthusiastic about keeping this material out of landfills and many encouraged us to find a way to make this program permanent.”
In November 2019, Glen Rock was selected to receive the annual Creativity & Innovation Award, along with Fair Lawn, Leonia, Oakland, Oradell, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, and Wyckoff, for the Bergen Styrofoam Free initiative. This award recognizes a forward-thinking municipality that supports a culture of creativity and innovation as it implements new approaches to solving problems or develops community and social capital to pursue sustainability initiatives.
Dr. Arati Kreibich, Glen Rock Councilmember, said, “These drives are good for the planet and good for our wallets. Because of the Sustainable Jersey grant, we were able to schedule 4 drives for 2020 in time to be printed on our Borough calendar. It’s clear that not only are these raising awareness of issue of styrofoam disposal, but also paving the way to reduce its use. We all need to ultimately eliminate the use of styrofoam in our every day lives.”