WEST ORANGE, NJ - In recognition of Earth Day and in an effort to reduce recycling, the Township of West Orange will hold its first-ever Earth Day Plastic Toy Recycling Shop and Drop event on April 28 at Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC), 4 Boland Drive, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Shop and Drop is free and open to the community.

In addition to the West Orange Environmental Commission, the event is also sponsored by Second Chance Toys, which accepts gently used plastic toys that are clean, in working order and have no missing or small parts. (Small parts are considered anything that can fit through a toilet paper roll.) Battery-operated toys are accepted with newly installed batteries.

There will be two options at this Earth Day Event: families can “shop” for toys by coming to OSPAC and taking items they will use, and they can “drop” off toys for another family or for pickup from Second Chance Toys. Either way, the community will be keeping plastic out of landfills and providing toys for some of the nearly 14 million children whose family incomes are below the federal poverty level.

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The West Orange Department of Public Works will provide tables, and members of the West Orange Environmental Commission will be on hand to welcome and assist with the project along with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops volunteering to help disinfect and pack the toys for transportation.

For more information, contact Susan McCartney, West Orange Sustainable Jersey Coordinator, at 973-243-6768 or smccartney@westorange.org.