LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston officials and volunteers are planning to resume the township’s electronics recycling and paper shredding with a collection event on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Due to the larger-than-normal crowds expected after the cancellation of Livingston’s last two events, COVID-19-safe collection practices will be in place to keep residents safe, including social distancing and other new procedures.

“Recycling electronics keeps heavy metals and hazardous waste out of our environment,” said Deputy Mayor Shawn Klein, who serves as council liaison to the Livingston Recycling Committee. “We appreciate the many folks who’ve held onto these items until we were able to provide a safe disposal option.”

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The current plan calls for a drive-through electronics collection event with no person-to-person contact at the Livingston Senior and Community Center, located at 204 Hillside Avenue. To accommodate the large crowd, paper shredding will be moved to the Heritage Middle School parking lot on Foxcroft Drive.

Residents will be asked to remain in their cars with windows closed as masked collection staff members remove items from the trunks or rear of vehicles. Residents will not be handling or unloading any items. 

Hours will also be extended for the upcoming event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both locations.

Event organizers believe that splitting up electronics collection and paper shredding will reduce traffic backups onto local streets.

According to Livingston’s electronics collector, Green Chip Recycling, other New Jersey towns have successfully held recycling events using these protocols since the beginning of the pandemic.

Klein expressed gratitude on behalf of the township to Livingston Public Schools for allowing the use of the Heritage parking lot as well as to community members for being patient with the absence of such an event over the past few months.

Questions about the planned event can be directed to Recycling Committee Chairman Scott Goldman at 973-476-2476 or scott@livingstonrecycles.org. 

More information about Livingston’s recycling is available on the township website at www.livingstonnj.org/Recycling.

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