WARREN, NJ - On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. - 1p.m., the Warren Township Green Team, in conjunction with the Warren Township Committee, will sponsor the 4th Annual Green Fair.  The rain date is May 3, 2013.
The event will take place at the Warren Municipal Complex at 46 Mountain Boulevard. The parking lot is adjacent to Bardy Road. 
The entire community is invited to this fun and engaging event -- and it’s free. There will be activities, environmental information, and recycling collections of hard to dispose of items. 

 Local community groups and business are invited to participate.Participation is free however participants  must be able to demonstrate a connection to environmental awareness and provide some information or goods of value to the public that is compatible with a Green Fair.
Participants must provide their own table, chairs, and display.  Maximum recommended space is 3’ by 6’ and must be available for set up at 9:30 a.m. for the duration of the fair with clean up completed by 1 p.m. on April 26 or the rain date of May 3.
All interested groups and businesses are invited to send a brief proposal of participation (including space considerations) to be no more than 1 page with contact information included, name, phone, email and address. Groups hosting a recycling activity will be required to submit a tonnage report.  Creativity and interactive proposals are encouraged.  Submit your proposal to Ila Gillenwater at irgillenwater@hotmail.com, or  (908) 868-1984 or through the Warren Township Green Team pages on the Warren Township website, warrennj.org under the page titled Green Initiatives in Warren.  Participation may be limited by space considerations. The deadline  to submit a proposal is March 30. 
The following hard to recycle items  can be brought to the Green Fair including:
- Papers to be shredded
-All electronics including TV’s, cell phones, computers, printers, monitors, keyboards, game consoles
-Ink & toner cartridges
-Scrap Metal
-Crayons-used, new, small and large
-Bottle Caps-these do not go into county recycling
-Shoes new or gently worn
-Textiles & clothing
Additionally, if the Green Fair occurs as planned on April 26 and not the rain date, the Warren Township Police, in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be collecting medicines for proper disposal.  The collection site will be open during Warren Township’s GREEN FAIR and will be located near the entrance of the Warren Police Station located at 44 Mountain Boulevard.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Flushing medicines down the toilet in homes that use septic tanks can leach into the ground and seep into ground water.  Pouring medicines down the sink or in the toilet in residences connected to wastewater treatment plants allow the medicines to pass through the treatment system and enter rivers and lakes.  Water treatment plants generally are not equipped to routinely remove medicines.  The medicines, therefore, may contaminate community drinking water.
In addition, medicines stored in homes or tossed into the local trash are highly susceptible to accidental poisonings of animals and people, misuse, and diversion.  The number of accidental poisonings and overdoses has skyrocketed recently.  
Each year in the US, more than 71,000 children aged 18 and younger are seen in emergency rooms for unintentional overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.  Overall, about one out of every 180 visits to an emergency department are for a medicine overdose.  The most common medicines taken in an accidental overdose are acetaminophen, cough and cold medicines, pain relievers, sedatives and antidepressants.  
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription medicines are obtained from family and friends.  More than three in five teens say prescription pain relievers are easy to get from parents’ medicine cabinets; and, half of teens say they are easy to get through other people’s prescriptions.  Teens report that they abuse prescription medicines because they believe the myth that these drugs provide a medically safe high.
Bringing your unwanted or unused medicines to the Warren Green Fair for disposal is a truly secure way for parents to make their medicine cabinets safer for children and the environment.  Residents (and non-residents) are urged to participate.
The 2013 Green Fair recycling collections brought in 25,000 pounds of electronics, 4,200 pounds of paper shredded, 2,000 pounds of books, plus textiles, and eye glasses, and 270 pounds of medicines were all recycled and properly disposed with the least impact to the environment.
At the time of press, participants include: The Warren Green Team, Newtech Recycling, Watchung Hills Interfaith Clergy, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Warren Girl Scouts, Warren Boy Scouts, the Environmental Club of WHRHS, The Wagner Farm Arboretum and Cintas Document Shredding.
For further information regarding the Green Fair, please contact Ila Gillenwater at (908) 868 – 1984 or irgillenwater@hotmail.com
For general information regarding the Green Team, please contact Laura Mandell at (908) 334 - 9221 or lauragm1@aol.com