WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Town Council passed an ordinance reducing residents' fees for the Westfield Conservation Center from $70 to $50 at Tuesday night’s meeting. The yearly fee pays for the permits required for admittance to the center.

“We hope reducing the fee will encourage more use by the residents, which is what it’s there for,” Councilman David Oliveira said.

In addition, he reminded people that mulch is free for Westfield residents at the conservation center, so long as they have the required permit affixed to the front bumper of their vehicle.

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“We like to remind residents it’s not just for leaves, brush and grass,” Oliveira said. “We also have bins for clothing, metals, newspapers and cardboard.”

E-waste, including computers and televisions, can be disposed of at the center, as well. (Periodically, e-waste collection is shut down if the container is full, according to Director of Public Works Greg O'Neil.)

The public works department issues permits following proof of residency. Landscapers can acquire permits by proving ownership of the company and proving that the company services Westfield residents.

The conservation center is located at 1300 Lamberts Mill Road. Hours of operation are posted on the town’s website.