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Springfield Environmental Commission Discusses Recycling Policy Change at Monthly Meeting

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The Springfield Township Environmental Committee meets on June 18, 2018 Credits: Matthew Kass
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A list of acceptable items for recycling Credits: Matthew Kass
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A list of prohibited items for recycling Credits: Matthew Kass
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Recycling magnet designs made by children in the school district are displayed on the table during the meeting Credits: Matthew Kass
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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Monday June 18, the Springfield Environmental Commission got together for their monthly meeting. On the agenda were several topics including updates to the recycling protocols in town, a report on the emergence of an invasive species of insect, a recap of community cleanup day and a call for volunteers at the Cannon Ball House garden.

The new recycling policy that recently went into effect deals with what can and cannot be collected by the recycling company. Plastic bags are now among the discouraged items, joining Styrofoam, dishware and shredded paper as well as other items that cannot go into curbside containers. However, sheets of paper, cans, cardboard and other items are still allowed.

Alyson Miller, the Chair of the Environmental Commission said that more information would be provided in the coming days to help town residents navigate the change in policy.

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“The Springfield Environmental Commission is going to post on our Facebook page the do’s and don’ts of recycling for Springfield Township to help everybody,” Miller said.

The other major point brought up in the meeting was that the town has begun taking steps to limit the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species of insect that has been reported in nearby areas. The insects are about the size of a grain of rice and can have a dull or metallic green color. As a precaution against the Emerald Ash Borer, the town is taking preventative measures by removing ash trees that may be in danger.

Another action item on the meeting agenda was a recap of community cleanup day. According to the commission, about 117 individuals showed up to help with the event, and the commission noted that students from the township in particular were a big help in the clean-up process. Volunteers who worked the event can now pick up their cleanup day t-shirts at town hall.

And in regard to Cannon Ball House, Margaret Bandrowski, an emeritus member of the Environmental Council and President of the Springfield Historical Society said that there is a major need for volunteer help on the garden in the back of the property.

“The Cannon Ball House was built around 1760, and it was an old farmhouse,” Bandrowski said. “So, some years ago the garden club as it was at the time put in a formal colonial garden. It has gotten totally overgrown, there’s nobody to take care of it. Denise [DeVone] did it for many years, until she couldn’t any longer.”

Bandrowski explained that while there were a couple of volunteers from the Department of Public Works who had volunteered their time, the garden had still fallen into disrepair. As a result, she said she was looking for volunteers. However, residents who volunteer their time will have to work on one major condition in the garden, “They have to be willing to follow a particular design that’s appropriate for a colonial garden”, Bandrowski said.

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