WESTFIELD, NJ — Major improvements were made to Westfield’s Conservation Center recently, including new fencing, a blacktop road and a concrete pad. Money for the project came from a Recycling Tonnage Grant of $28,000 plus a Sustainable Jersey Grant of $4,000, according to Greg O’Neil, Westfield’s director of public works. The center is located at 1300 Lamberts Mill Road.

 “We are eventually going to build a road that leads to the back,” said O’Neil. “It’s been a great upgrade because it was a muddy mess. More organization leads to more efficiency.”

The center will now be able to make money from recycling, too. For example, when people place used clothing and old accessories in the new containers provided, a textiles company will pay the conservation center 10 cents on the dollar for the materials, O'Neil said.

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The conservation center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A permit is no longer required  for recycling. To dump organic debris (brush, grass or leaves) you must be a resident of Scotch Plains or Westfield and own a permit.

Look for more improvements coming soon, said O’Neil. For more information on the conservation center, click here or call 908-789-4040.