SOUTH ORANGE – Stop sorting your recyclables.

South Orange officially switches to single-stream recycling on July 1, but since the next recycling pickup is Wednesday, July 11, residents can toss all recyclable materials into one container now.  

The village approved a contract March 26 with Giordano Co. for single-stream recycling collection for $9,444 a month. The members of the Board of Trustees adopted the new system in hopes that it would increase participation in recycling.

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New Toter brand recycling containers are available. The Toters are offered in three sizes and range from $60 to $70. Residents also may continue to use the blue and green Toters they already have, according to Trustee Michael Goldberg. Paper, newspapers, cardboard, catalogs and food packaging boxes go into the same container as recyclable metal, glass and plastic.

For a complete list of recyclable materials, Toter ordering instructions and other information on the new system, click here

At its meeting Monday night, the board amended the ordinance that would establish a Historic Preservation Commission. Because the changes were considered “substantial,” the trustees did not vote on adoption. Instead, they approved the introduction of the amended ordinance and scheduled a new public hearing for July 23.

Several supporters of the ordinance applauded the move. “I think it is a good ordinance,” said Karen Marlowe, president of the South Orange Historical and Preservation Society, during the public comment period. She said she thought it strikes a “fair balance” between preservation and the interests of property owners.

In other action, the board:

  • honored Alexis Ballard and Sarah Hilton as villagers of the month. Both are 2012 Columbia High School graduates and were nominated by the South Orange library staff for their volunteer work. Ballard plans to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University and major in psychology. Hilton is interested in studio art and plans to enroll at Wheaton College
  • heard a report on the status of the Greenway Plan, which will create a pedestrian and bicycle path along the river. As part of the plan, the trustees voted to apply for a $600,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation to reconstruct a bicycle/pedestrian bridge behind the village’s Department of Public works property.
  • agreed to move forward with plans to relocate village offices to trailers during the renovation of Village Hall. Trustees expressed disappointment with Seton Hall University, which has been dragging its heels after offering to lease a building across from the main entrance to campus. “We’ve seen this behavior before,” commented Trustee Mark Rosner on Seton Hall’s lack of cooperation.
  • expressed opposition to a bill advancing in the state Assembly and Senate that would exempt private colleges and universities from local zoning jurisdiction.  The village will pursue adoption of a resolution urging legislators to vote against the bill, as well as encouraging other municipalities to follow suit.
  • debated, once again, the idea of moving the municipal elections to November. “Does anybody feel like me right now that this is ‘Groundhog Day’?” asked Trustee Deborah Davis Ford. Trustee Janine Bauer asked the board to consider putting the change on the November ballot as a binding referendum.

    “I don’t want to do this by ordinance,” Bauer said. “I want to have a binding referendum.” Under state law, the trustees have the authority to adopt an ordinance moving the election. The trustees deferred action pending receipt of a memo from Village Counsel Steven Rother regarding legal issues.