Madison’s first Town Swap will be held on April 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the municipal garage on John Avenue.

Madison Department of Public Works Superintendent Ken O’Brien will pull town trucks out of the garage to give volunteers a rainproof space to setting up tables for the swap. The only rules: Residents must produce a valid ID showing a Madison address, and items must be in good condition. Otherwise, participation—and all the items—are free.

Suggested swap items include: 

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  • Non-upholstered furniture 
  • Electronics
  • Small appliances
  • Children’s toys
  • Play equipment
  • Dishes
  • Glassware
  • Art
  • Household items
  • Sports equipment
  • Exercise machines
  • Musical instruments 
  • Area rugs 
  • Draperies
  • Curtains

Leftovers will be picked up by Habitat from Humanity ReStore, the Vietnam Veterans of America and local churches at the end of the day.

“The Town Swap a first step in thinking about trash differently,” O’Brien said. “Instead of putting something out on their curbs, Madison residents have a chance to give their items a new home. We’re creating community and reducing the Borough’s trash pickup costs.” 

Items not eligible for swap include clothing, baby seats, bike helmets, TVs, books, magazines, mattresses, stuffed animals, liquids of any kind, hazardous materials, weapons, textiles and material, beauty supplies and upholstered furniture.

A partnership between the Madison Environmental Commission and the Department of Public Works, the Town Swap gives residents a chance to clean out their closets and find something new—for free.

The swap was organized by Ellen Kranefuss of the Environmental Commission and Cari Reyes of the DPW with guidance from O’Brien. Reyes will be on hand at the event to field residents questions about the items they swap or receive.

“My work has really opened my eyes to what Madison puts in the landfill. It has changed my perspective.” Reyes said. “So, Ken and I began brainstorming ways to not only reduce waste but more importantly put these items into the hands of those who might need them. It’s exciting that we are making that happen.”

For more information, call Madison’s Department of Public Works at 973-593-3088.

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