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Town of Westfield Offers 10 Alternatives to Junk Day

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Recycle electronics, scrap metal and clothing for free at the Westfield Conservation Center. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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WESTFIELD, NJ — With Westfield’s 2018 bulky waste program postponed (and possibly canceled), the town is offering 10 suggested alternative ways to get rid of your junk this June:

1. Bring a carload of bulk waste or mattresses to the Westfield Conservation Center: For a one-time fee of $30, you can dispose of one carload of bulk waste. Or, for the first time, you can dispose of mattresses or box springs for up to $25, too. This is open to residents of Westfield only, but doesn’t require having a Conservation Center permit.

2. Recycle your electronics, scrap metal and clothing for free at the Westfield Conservation Center: No permit required. Open to all Union County Residents.

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3. Recycle your electronics or clothing for free with Curb My Clutter (Westfield’s newest recycling service). Just text “pickup” to 908-356-4107 and Curb My Clutter will schedule a free home pick-up. Learn more at curbmyclutter.com/westfieldnj.

4. Help furnish an apartment with Furniture Assist: Donate your gently used furniture, mattresses (except king), toys/games, linens, small appliances, clothes/shoes, books, baby items, kitchen items, lamps, mirrors, rugs and other items that make a house a home. Furniture Assist furnishes 20 apartments per week in the area. Drop off on Sundays from noon to  2:30 p.m. in Springfield. Learn more at furnitureassist.com.

5. Donate your household goods with GreenDrop in Springfield. GreenDrop collects clothing and household goods, sells them to local thrift stores and donates the proceeds to local charities. They accept all new or gently used clothing and shoes, common household items, kitchenware, games/toys, small appliances, electronics, sporting goods, books/cds/videos and small furniture weighing less than 50 lbs. Either drop-off at their location in Springfield or schedule a home pick-up at gogreendrop.com.

6. Donate to Goodwill Industries in Springfield, NJ. They accept gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, handbags, luggage, household goods, books and other items. Visit goodwillnynj.org for more information.

7. Sell on Westfield NJ Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook page: Post your item on the page, which has 8,600 members (facebook.com/groups/WestfieldBST). Just ask to join and post your item on the Facebook page. Keep in mind the old adage – someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure.

8. Contact your private garbage hauler: Most will pick up bulk waste for a small fee.

9. Use Bagster: Buy this dumpster in a bag and schedule pickup online with Waste Management. It holds up to a whopping 3,300 lbs. of debris. Buy the $30 bag at Westfield Home & Lumber or Garwood Home Depot and spend $175 for the removal. You can throw out household junk, construction debris, yard waste, dirt/sod/concrete/ rocks. But you can’t throw out appliances/tires/large stumps/electronics/food waste/toxic-hazardous items. To learn more, visit thebagster.com.

10. Have it hauled away by 1-800 Junk: Throw out appliances, mattresses, TVs, printers, computers, bikes, refrigerators, carpeting, furniture, electronics, yard waste, scrap metal, general rubbish, construction waste and tires. Schedule a quote at 1800junk.com.

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