Oakland NJ Green Team Relaunches Foam Plastic Campaign

OAKLAND – Just in time for all that holiday packaging waste, the Oakland Sustainable Green Team wants your plastic foam.

President Alison Fleeson said the Jan. 8 pickup for residents of plastic foam (like styrofoam) at Borough Hall marked the start of a new focus on removing plastics from the waste stream.

“It used to be very popular,” Fleeson said. “We had to shut down because of COVID. We are trying to get it back on track.”

Foam packaging plastic is not accepted by the borough’s recycling company and therefore ends up in its garbage, Fleeson said. They want to change that.

“If we can’t get a permanent container, we hope the trips will be scheduled at least quarterly,” Fleeson said.

Leaflet for the January 8 Styrofoam Boardwalk in Oakland.

The drive is actually part of the team’s two-pronged effort to reduce the borough’s plastic waste. He’s also meeting with local retailers as part of his “Styrofoam Free Business Program” to prepare for New Jersey’s next May ban on polystyrene and plastic shopping bags.

“This is a separate issue from polystyrene packaging,” said Brian Reilly, member. “These are foam coffee mugs and food containers. We are trying to alert companies to the arrival of these restrictions so that they can consider switching to environmentally friendly alternatives. There are many products available. legal. “

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The foam plastic wrap pickup will be held on January 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will only accept materials from televisions, appliances, computers, electronics and furniture.

The reader will not agree to wrap “peanuts,” food wrap, colored polystyrene and packaging with tape, labels or glue, Reilly said.

Residents are welcome from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The collection will then be open to the general public.

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Collection will take place in the town hall parking lot, One Municipal Plaza, behind the Oakland Library.

For more information, email the Sustainable Oakland Green Team at [email protected]

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