Photos & Counts of Materials Collected @ Recycling Fair 4/23

Posted on April 27, 2017

Post Event Report:  This year’s Montgomery Earth Day Recycling Fair was very successful and well-attended.  Enormous amounts of metal, plastics, paper and electronics were recycled and many other items were put to good reuse. Thank you to residents who participated and especially those who donated requested items for various non-profit organizations. See below for some of the huge amounts of materials collected.

Many more photos from the event are posted on the Township Flickr page.  See you next year!

Thanks to the EC/SM members who worked diligently to ensure that all visitors were welcomed and who assisted in the smooth operation of the drop-offs: Frank Derby, Mark Conforti, Richard Sarle, Debbie Gartenberg, Jeff Salton, Michelle Jacob and Sarah Roberts.


Below are some facts & figures about the collections:


The Paper shredder truck collected 45 large trash can-size loads or 9,480 lbs. of paper (4.74 tons) 

Klein’s metal recycling container was filled to overflowing.

The Somerset Co. Sheriff loaded a cruiser with Rx medications – 5 Hefty bags’ worth.

Boys & Girls Club carted off 110 bikes, their second largest haul all time, and 25 helmets.

Carolyn Stokes Preschool (Trenton) received 16 cu. feet of early childhood books.

Goodwill (Ewing) received three boxes of kids’ toys.  And a pair of scuba flippers.

The Rescue Mission of Trenton carted off half of a 30 foot truck’s worth of clothes, personal hygiene products, strollers, kids’ toys, appliances and misc. household goods.

Collected a Sprinter van full (~40) of golf bags for First Tee of Raritan Valley.

The Somerset Co. Sheriff loaded a cruiser with Rx medications – 5 Hefty bags’ worth.

Kicks 4 Caribya collected 19 large cartons of soccer and softball equipment and sneakers.  And the Rutgers volunteers were kind enough to box most of it up, with Jeff Salton batting clean-up. The first four boxes are on their way to Miami for transshipment.

Montgomery Rec received 20 lacrosse sticks and assorted field hockey and street hockey sticks for its programs.  And one yoga mat.

DPW pick-up truck’s worth of deliveries for the Food Pantry.

Dress for Success (Trenton) packed out two SUVs with women’s work clothing.

Technician X collected three large bags worth of printer and toner cartridges.

Girl Scouts collected ~ 30 pairs of jeans and boxes of crayons

MHS Environmental Club packed out four parents’ vehicles with office supplies.

Shade Tree committee’s flower pots/seedlings exchange was a popular stop for gardeners

The Boy Scouts and the HS Women’s Volleyball Team passed out over two boxes worth (200+?) of reusable bags and flyers ….

And counting!  Kudos to the Environmental Commission/Sustainable Montgomery and all the many volunteers and residents who made this event a great success!  See you next year.


Montgomery Township Environmental Commission and Sustainable Montgomery will organize the 12th Annual Earth Day Fair on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from Noon to 3 PM. The event will be held at the Montgomery Upper Middle School parking lot, 375 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. All efforts will be made to expedite drop off at this easy to reach location.

This year’s Earth Day Recycling Fair will again provide collections for recycling a great variety of items.  These include:

Paper documents for secure shredding (staples & paper clips are ok, but no newspapers or binders)
Metal (such as tools, pots & pans, yard furniture)
Electronics (such as old tvs, computer monitors, keyboards, printers)
Expired/unwanted medications (collected by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office)
Flower pots – have one, give one, need one, take one!
Office supplies (pens, markers, highlighters, notebooks)
Printer/toner cartridges (TechX)
Sneakers; soccer, baseball & softball equipment – to support Kicks for Caribya
Tennis equipment (racquets, covers, bags)
Children’s books – to benefit Carolyn Stokes Pre-school in Trenton)
Bicycles, adult & children – to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Trenton
Clothing & shoes (new or gently used) – to benefit the Rescue Mission of Trenton
Business attire
Golf Clubs
Personal hygiene products (new items only) including:  chapstick, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, comb/brush, feminine hygiene products

Also, we are asking residents who participate in the Earth Day Fair to bring a donation for the Montgomery Food Pantry.  Any non-perishable item is welcome, but the following are suggestions of much needed items:

Laundry detergent
Paper products (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper)
Cleaning supplies
Canned tuna & canned chicken
Cake & brownie mix, frosting
Canned fruit

If you have questions, please contact Montgomery Open Space Coordinator Lauren Wasilauski at .  Thank you!

“The recycling aspect of our annual Fair is a big hit with the community so we decided to Recyclingfocus exclusively on collections this year. The Fair has attracted as many as a thousand people in recent years,” said Mary Reece, chairperson of Montgomery Township’s Environmental Commission.  “It’s the township’s biggest community-wide environmental event.  Last year, we recycled the following:

-54lbs of medication

-10,465lbs of paper shredded

-Over 100 cubic yards of electronics

-40 cubic yards of metal

-150 pairs of sneakers/cleats donated

-100+ sporting goods items donated (basketballs, baseballs, tennis racquets),” Reece said.

To learn more, become a sponsor, or to find out how to get involved in other ways, contact Lauren Wasilauski at 908-359-8211 extension 343 or email her at .  Thank you!

 Every Day is Earth Day in Montgomery Township