WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Conservation center will open for the season on April 16 with limited hours, the mayor announced this weekend.

“The town has received permission from the state to open the Conservation Center during the COVID-19 crisis, provided that all social distancing requirements are met,” Mayor Shelley Brindle said in a statement. “Due to the scaled back resources of the Department of Public Works to stagger shifts for their safety, the Conservation Center will operate on limited hours.”

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The center will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning April 16, she said. Until then, the DPW is making adjustments to the center’s configuration to maximize social distancing and facilitate a new permit process, she said.

“To minimize in-person interaction, permits will be sold online only at this time, beginning Monday, April 6. No permits will be sold at the center,” Brindle announced. “Once you complete your online transaction, please keep your e-receipt (by phone or paper) and bring it with you to your first trip to the center. Display it, along with ID, in your window. A DPW employee will verify your purchase with the unique e-receipt number displayed, and will then place the seasonal decal on your vehicle.”

The center’s drop-off recycling program remains free of charge with no permit required for plastic, cardboard, newspaper, glass, light bulbs, batteries, Styrofoam, scrap metal, household electronics, clothing/shoes and food waste, she said.

For a more detailed list and more information, visit westfieldnj.gov/conservation.

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