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MCIA Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling Event This Saturday, June 5th

There will be a MCIA Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling Event this Saturday, June 5th from 8 am – 2 pm at the Dempster Fire School.

Location: Dempster Fire School, 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrenceville

Time: 8am – 2pm

Accepted for recycling are the following:

Aerosol Cans | Used Motor Oil |Propane Gas Tanks | Pesticides & Herbicides | Car Batteries | Paint Thinner | Oil Based Paint | Stains & Varnishes | Gasoline | Anti-Freeze | Driveway Sealer | Insect Repellents | Mercury | Fluorescent & CFL Bulbs | Computers | Printers | Copiers | Fax Machines | Stereos | Televisions | Microwaves

Materials Not Accepted:

NO LATEX PAINT | NO Heating Oil | NO Infectious Waste| NO Radioactive Materials NO Explosives or Munitions | NO Railroad Ties | NO Asbestos | NO Tires | NO Wood | NO Fencing | NO Air Conditioners | NO Helium or Oxygen Tanks | NO Unknowns

Accepted Electronics

Computers | Printers | Copiers | Fax Machines | Stereos | Televisions | Microwaves

This event is for Mercer County Residents Only.  Only Residential Waste will be accepted, i.e. no Commercial Business waste. Proof of Residency will be required (Driver’s License). For more information call 609-278-8086 or visit http://WWW.MCIANJ.ORG.

First 2021 Ewing Township Shred Day

This Saturday, May 15th from 9 am until 1 pm, the Township will be hosting a Shred Day at the Municipal Complex located at 2 Jake Garzio Drive.

This free event is for Township residents only and provides a safe and secure way to clean out those old checks, bills and any confidential documents that need proper disposal.

Restrictions

Materials will not be accepted from businesses and Ewing residents will be required to provide Proof of Residency.

Because this is an extremely popular program please be prepared to spend a few minutes waiting in line.

COVID Precautions

For your safety and the safety of others face masks must be worn, and all citizens will be required to stay in their cars while workers remove your shredding items from your car for you. Items to be shredded should be placed in your trunk or rear cargo area. Please do not get out of your car while waiting in line or while your items are being shredded.

MCIA HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL DAY ON SATURDAY, MARCH 27TH

Electronics and hazardous waste disposal day for county residents

MCIA Hazardous Waste Disposal Day FlyerThe MCIA will be running its first Household Waste and Electronics Disposal Day of the year on Saturday, March 27th  from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.  It will be held at John T. Dempster Fire School, Lawrence Station Rd in Lawrence Twp.

Accepted for recycling are the following:

Aerosol Cans | Used Motor Oil |Propane Gas Tanks | Pesticides & Herbicides | Car Batteries | Paint Thinner | Oil Based Paint | Stains & Varnishes | Gasoline | Anti-Freeze | Driveway Sealer | Insect Repellents | Mercury | Fluorescent & CFL Bulbs | Computers | Printers | Copiers | Fax Machines | Stereos | Televisions | Microwaves

Materials Not Accepted:

NO LATEX PAINT | NO Heating Oil | NO Infectious Waste| NO Radioactive Materials NO Explosives or Munitions | NO Railroad Ties | NO Asbestos | NO Tires | NO Wood | NO Fencing | NO Air Conditioners | NO Helium or Oxygen Tanks | NO Unknowns

This event is for Mercer County Residents Only. Only Residential Waste will be accepted, i.e. no Commercial Business waste. Proof of Residency will be required (Driver’s License). For more information call 609-278-8086 or visit WWW.MCIANJ.ORG.

Shred Day Planned for Saturday, November 7th

On Saturday, November 7th from 9 am until 1 pm, the Township will be hosting a Shred Day at the Municipal Complex located at 2 Jake Garzio Drive.

This free event is for Township residents only and provides a safe and secure way to clean out those old checks, bills and any confidential documents that need proper disposal. Materials will not be accepted from businesses and Ewing residents will be required to provide Proof of Residency.

Because this is an extremely popular program please be prepared to spend a few minutes waiting in line. For your safety and the safety of others face masks must be worn, and all citizens will be required to stay in their cars while workers remove your shredding items from your car for you. This event will take place rain or shine.

MCIA Document Shredding Event This Saturday, October 17th

The Mercer County Improvement Authority will be hosting its October Document Shredding event this Saturday, October 17th from 9 am – 12 pm in Lot 4 of 651 South Broad Street in Trenton (across from the Mercer County Administration Building).  The event will be held rain or shine.

A maximum of eight boxes and/or Bags of Paper will be accepted.  No Household chemicals will be accepted.  This event is for Mercer County residents only, NO commercial businesses allowed.  Proof or residency is required (Driver’s license).

For more information call 609-278-8086 of visit www.mcianj.org.

 

MCIA Hazardous Waste Disposal Day – Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19

The  Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) will hold a hazardous waste disposal day Friday and  Saturday, September 18th and 19th   at the John T. Dempster Fire School, Lawrence Station Rd in Lawrence Twp. Fridays hours will be from noon – 5 pm and Saturdays will be from 8 am – 3 pm.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Limit one person per vehicle
  • All residents must remain in their vehicles at all times with their windows closed
  • Disposal items must be placed in the trunk or the back of the vehicle, cannot be in passenger seat
  • Containers will not be returned

Accepted for recycling are the following:

Aerosol Cans | Used Motor Oil |Propane Gas Tanks | Pesticides & Herbicides | Car Batteries | Paint Thinner | Oil Based Paint | Stains & Varnishes | Gasoline | Anti-Freeze | Driveway Sealer | Insect Repellents | Mercury | Fluorescent & CFL Bulbs | Computers | Printers | Copiers | Fax Machines | Stereos | Televisions | Microwaves

Materials Not Accepted:

NO LATEX PAINT | NO Heating Oil | NO Infectious Waste| NO Radioactive Materials NO Explosives or Munitions | NO Railroad Ties | NO Asbestos | NO Tires | NO Wood | NO Fencing | NO Air Conditioners | NO Helium or Oxygen Tanks | NO Unknowns

Accepted Electronics

Computers | Printers | Copiers | Fax Machines | Stereos | Televisions | Microwaves

For more information call 609-278-8086 or visit http://www.mcianj.org

Ewing Township Shred Day – Saturday May 4th

Dispose of your sensitive documents safely and securely at Ewing’s first Shred Day of the year, Saturday, May 4th from 9 – 1 at the Ewing Township Municipal Building. Document shredding will be done on site. This service is for Ewing residents only and proof of residency is required. As this is a popular event, please be prepared to spend a few minutes waiting on line.

The Ewing Green Team will be on hand to assist.

Event Summary

Date: Saturday, May 4th
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Municipal Building, 2 Jake Garzio Drive
The next Shred Day will be Saturday, October 12th.

Got drugs? Dispose of Unused Medications Safely during National Take Back Day on April 27th

If your medicine cabinet is filled with expired drugs or medications that you no longer use, and you are concerned about detrimental environmental effects from improper disposal or eliminating the potential for abuse of medications, here is the information that you need to properly dispose of them.

The Ewing Police Department will be participating in the DEA’s twice yearly National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. Just go to Ewing Municipal Building, 2 Jake Garzio Drive and go to the Ewing Police Department on the lower level. Ewing Police will have an officer between 10 and 2 to take the items.

All medications are accepted, prescription and over-the-counter, as well as liquids. Liquids are accepted in their original prescription bottle only and with the cap tightly secured. Syringes and other sharp instruments should not be turned in at this event. Hypodermic needles are not accepted. The disposal is handled completely securely; all accepted medications with any labels that you leave on the containers are placed in a large cardboard box, lined with plastic. At the end of the day the contents are taken to the prosecutor’s office. The DEA will pick up and incinerate.

Guidelines for Drug Disposal

Follow any specific disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication. Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.

If no instructions are given on the drug label and no take-back program is available in your area, take them out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter — to make the medication less appealing and unrecognizable — then put them in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.

You should also remove any identifying information on the label to protect your identity and privacy.

Despite the safety reasons for flushing drugs, some people are questioning the practice because of concerns about trace levels of drug residues found in surface water, such as rivers and lakes, and in some community drinking water supplies. However, the main way drug residues enter water systems is by people taking medications and then naturally passing them through their bodies. That said, the FDA does not want to add drug residues into water systems unnecessarily. The agency reviewed its drug labels to identify products with disposal directions recommending flushing or disposal down the sink. This continuously revised listing can be found at FDA’s Web page on Disposal of Unused Medicines.

National Take Back Day Information

Date: April 27, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Ewing Municipal Building, 2 Jake Garzio Drive

If you are unable to participate in the National Take Back Day event there is a Project Medicine Drop Box outside of Police headquarters where you may drop off medications 24/7. For more information see the Project Medicine Drop Box page on the Township’s website.

MCIA Hazardous Waste Disposal Day This Saturday, March 30

The  Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) will hold its first hazardous waste disposal day for 2019 this Saturday, March 30th from 8 am – 2 pm.  It will be held at John T. Dempster Fire School, Lawrence Station Rd in Lawrence Twp.

Accepted for recycling are the following:

Aerosol Cans | Used Motor Oil |Propane Gas Tanks | Pesticides & Herbicides | Car Batteries | Paint Thinner | Oil Based Paint | Stains & Varnishes | Gasoline | Anti-Freeze | Driveway Sealer | Insect Repellents | Mercury | Fluorescent & CFL Bulbs | Computers | Printers | Copiers | Fax Machines | Stereos | Televisions | Microwaves

Materials Not Accepted:

NO LATEX PAINT | NO Heating Oil | NO Infectious Waste| NO Radioactive Materials NO Explosives or Munitions | NO Railroad Ties | NO Asbestos | NO Tires | NO Wood | NO Fencing | NO Air Conditioners | NO Helium or Oxygen Tanks | NO Unknowns

Accepted Electronics

Computers | Printers | Copiers | Fax Machines | Stereos | Televisions | Microwaves

This event is for Mercer County Residents Only.  Only Residential Waste will be accepted, i.e. no Commercial Business waste. Proof of Residency will be required (Driver’s License). For more information call 609-278-8086 or visit http://WWW.MCIANJ.ORG.

Recycle Right! Say NO to Pizza Boxes in Your Recycling Bin!

Most people assume that pizza boxes are recyclable. And, if we were to ask you if you could recycle your pizza boxes, and you answered ‘yes,’ you would be wrong. Why so? Most pizza boxes have recycling symbols on them and are made from corrugated cardboard. These should be recyclable, right?

However, the answer is a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no. Unused pizza boxes are indeed recyclable. However, used pizza boxes, with their greasy stains are NOT! A pizza box is only recyclable if the soiled grease and food parts are removed.

This sounds complicated for the average individual who just needs a simple answer while trying to decide what does or does not go into the recycling bucket. To understand the whys and the wherefores you need to know how pizza boxes are recycled.

Basically, it comes down to the issue of food contamination. Grease and oil are the worst contaminants in the paper recycling process. During this process, paper products are mixed with water and turned into a kind of slurry. When there is grease or oil contamination in the slurry, the oil forms at the top and the paper fibers cannot separate from the oils and the batch is ruined. This also explains why other food-related items that are similarly grease/oil stained cannot be recyclable (think used paper plates and towels and napkins.)

We would also like to point out that adhesives such as those that attach coupons and other stickers also contaminate the paper recycling batch. Ink, however, is generally not petroleum-based so they are not a problem. Food remains the problem.

Our New Recycling Reality

You may have read about the restrictions placed by China on importing recyclable materials from the United States. China has closed its doors to many types of recycling materials and is requiring that the material be 99.5% free from contamination. According to the staff at the Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA), the contamination rate for recycling collected from Mercer County communities is 11.4%. This means that we have significant work to do to make our recycling acceptable for the market.

China was also the largest consumer of US recyclable volume and no longer is purchasing the volumes that it did in the past. This means that there is a glut of supply in the market which is significantly driving down the value of this materials. As a result, in many cities across the nation, recyclables are ending up in landfills.

The Pizza Box Answer

You may only recycle the unsoiled portions of your pizza boxes. Cut out or tear off the soiled portions and throw them in the regular trash. If you are absolutely sure that the whole box is grease and oil free you can recycle it. However, if there is any doubt, please throw it out! You don’t want to contaminate an entire load of recycling.

“What about composting it?” you may ask. Although the cardboard will break down in your compost pile, the grease is still problematic and may attract rodents and other small critters and bugs. It may cause odors. It also is not good for the plants when the compost from your pile is ready to harvest.

Most people think that it is better to err on the side of “over-recycling” rather than “under-recycling” and that more is better. They don’t realize that one piece of garbage contaminates the whole load and that the whole batch could end up in a landfill. We encourage all residents to observe the follow rule: One piece of garbage makes it all garbage and when it doubt, throw it out!