This program provides a $50 reward and free pick up of old refrigerators and freezers for New Jersey residents. These old units are not only wasting energy, but money as well -up to $150 a year. NJCEP (in partnership with JACO Environmental) safely recycles 95% of each unit. These units aren't going into landfills or back on the secondary market, but are being turned into items we use everyday, such as cell phones and laptops. To schedule a free pick up call 1-877-270-3520. For more Rebates and Promotions click here.
Video released Tuesday, November 9, it explores the high-tech revolution's collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill.Environmental Working Group, consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80% by avoiding the most contaminated foods and eating only the cleanest.
EWG has been publishing guides of the most pesticide contaminated foods since 1995, based on statistical analysis of testing conducted by the USDA and the FDA. The dirtiest food list only reflects measurable pesticide residues on the parts of the foods normally consumed (i.e. after being washed and peeled).
Onions, Avocados, Sweet corn, Broccoli, Pineapples, Mango, Sweet peas, Asparagus, Kiwi fruit, Cabbage, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Sweet potatoes and Sweet onions.
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You can build an outdoor composter yourself or purchase one.
Whichever compost method you choose you'll be keeping plenty of waste out of landfills, and keeping Verona green!
Green Cleaning Products
Switching to green cleaning products is an easy way to help the environment
In 2006, acting Governor Cody signed an Executive Order directing all State agencies to purchase environmentally friendly cleaning products to the greatest degree possible. This encourages county and municipal governments to also review their purchasing and use of cleaning products. In 2006, New York became the first state to actually mandate that all their public schools be cleaned with environmentally friendly products.
that contain toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a
hazard to our families, our pets, and our environment. Potentially
harmful cleaning products should be avoided since they not only affect air quality in the home but
also find their way into the water supply. Most of the conventional cleaning products we all grew up with are
petroleum-based and have dubious health and environmental implications.
That's the best possible scenario; no chemicals at all.
There are lots of instances where you can avoid the use of chemicals entirely.
Remember that compact fluorescent light bulbs contain traces of mercury, so it is important to educate yourself on proper use, recycling and disposal of these bulbs. Please visit EPA's Clean-Up and Disposal Guidelines. Verona residents can properly dispose of their CFLs when Essex County has its Household Hazardous Waste Day. Would you like to learn more or get involved? Visit Project Porchlight
Over-the-counter and prescription medications should not be disposed
down the drain because waste-water treatment facilities are not
designed to remove pharmaceutical compounds and they may end up in
local waterways. Because of hazards to humans, pets, and the environment DO NOT flush
unwanted medications down the toilet, sink, food disposal unit and DO
NOT toss them loosely in the trash. You could accidentally poison
someone or your medications could find their way into water sources and
landfills, and pollute them, causing danger to humans, animals, fish,
The Verona Police Department will be collecting unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs during an Operation Take Back New Jersey collection at Verona Municipal Building, 600 Bloomfield Ave.The collection will run from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 29.
You can bring your unwanted medication to medical disposal events or collection centers or follow the steps below:
Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Household Medication, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Proper disposal of syringes
Diabetes can require self-injection of insulin and lancets to monitor blood sugar levels at home. You are responsible for destroying your needles and syringes, even when you visit other people.
For additional information about disposal of syringes read Safe Syringe Disposal Guide for Home Generated Medical Waste.
Staff members at the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental organization based in Washington, D.C.,
share ideas on how to GO GREEN and SAVE GREEN at home and at work.