HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Environmental Commission released a statement Wednesday evening calling the Styrofoam and Christmas Tree Collection held on January 11 "an amazing success."

For three hours, between 9:00 a.m. and noon, members of the Commission's Green Team received packing styrofoam and Christmas trees from borough residents looking to see the materials properly recycled.

"We recognized with the recent holiday shopping season, there would be a lot of styrofoam packaged with various toys, electronics and appliances," Rayna Laiosa, Chairwoman of the Environmental Commission said.  "We were glad our community acknowledged the call to hold their styrofoam until our winter drive.  We collected clean packaging Styrofoam only.  Regretfully, packing peanuts, styrofoam cups, spongy plastic and food containers were not acceptable."

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The Green Team reported 143 cars came through with 144 bags full of styrofoam.  "This was a huge jump from our 54 bags collected during our fall 2019 drive," Laiosa said.  "Hawthorne filled a thirty cubic yard roll-off [truck] and Hawthorne’s Recycling pickup truck!  Hawthorne’s Department of Public Works transported the styrofoam to a facility in Haskell, New Jersey.  This facility will break down the styrofoam and beneficially reuse as a raw material into building insulation material."

Saying that the drive "exceeded beyond our expectations" the Green Team reported residents from neighboring towns took advantage of the opportunity as well.  "Everyone was excited to remove this styrofoam from the garbage landfills," the Green Team said.  "In addition, several residents expressed that they have held onto the styrofoam for several years and had been waiting for Hawthorne to do something such as re-purposing the material.  It was an amazing event!”

In addition to the styrofoam taken, six Christmas trees were collected as well.

The Green Team said that they were looking forward to holding additional styrofoam collection drives in the year and encouraged residents to check out the Hawthorne Environmental Commission/Green Team Facebook page and check out the borough Nixle and Burbio.

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