Green Team

Green Team Meeting Schedule- 2018

All meetings, except the June 14th meeting, will be held in the Williamsburg Room located on the 2nd floor in the Millburn Library. The June 14th meeting will be held in Room B across from the Williamsburg Room.

January 24th: 7-8pm
February 27th: 7-8pm
March 27th: 7-8pm
April 26th: 7-8pm
May 23rd: 7-8pm
June 14th: 7-8pm

Become Aware Live Sustainably
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The Millburn Township Green Team is participating in an innovative program to reduce plastic and Styrofoam consumption by putting sustainable take-out packaging options into the hands of local restaurants. A collaborative event, involving restaurants in Millburn (LaStrada), Maplewood (Cactus Charly) and South Orange (Ariyoshi), is scheduled for the weekend of January 11th-13th, 2019. Funds were provided via a grant from Sustainable Jersey to purchase the eco-friendly packaging. Each restaurant will be supplied with sustainable take-out packaging and reusable tote bags to reduce the number of disposable plastic take-out containers and plastic bags in the municipal waste stream.If you order take-out from these restaurants between January 11th–13th you’ll get a reusable shopping bag to keep along with dinner and you’ll show restaurateurs that sustainability is a factor in your purchasing!

Straws On Request~Do You Need A Bag? winning posters will be announced on Wednesday April 25. Please continue to patronize participating businesses all week long through Saturday, April 28.

Slideshow of Student Posters

Green Fair

For information related to the exhibits at the April, 2017 Green Fair, see the links below:
Millburn Township Website:
Green Team Webpage:
Department of Public Works Webpage:
Public Works Pamphlet 2017-2019 - Curbside and Town Yard Recycling:

Other Recycling Ideas:
Home Depot - CFL Light Bulbs,
Whole Foods - Brita Filters, Wine Corks, Cell Phones
Target - Plastic Film, MP3 players, Cell Phones, Ink Cartridges
Staples - Ink Cartridges, Plastic Bags
New Eyes for the Needy - Eyeglasses, Sunglasses, Hearing Aids, Watches, Jewelry, Silverware

NJ Idling Restrictions:

Meatless Monday:

Vegetarian Recipe Websites:
Minimalist Baker -
Oh My Veggies -
Vegetarian Times -

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:
All-Natural Bronzer Recipe
Combine all ingredients in a sealable container:
1 Tbsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp nutmeg powder
2 tsp cornstarch

Reusable Bag Campaign
4 Ways to Reduce the Waste of Plastic Bags:
Decline the bag. Often store employees are instructed to separate different types of products in different bags or use a bag for only one or two items. Hand-carry the items out of the store if you can.

Bring your reusable bags. The most challenging aspect of this is remembering to take them into the store, and creating the habit. Even if you only have 1-2 reusable bags and a cart full of groceries, this would be two plastic bags that you saved!

Recycle the plastic bags. Many thrift stores will re-use plastic bags for their merchandise. Some department stores and grocery stores will also often have a location where you can drop off clean and dry your plastic bags to be recycled.

Re-use the plastic bags yourself. Think of creative ways that you can use the bags to save you money or time.
These 4 ways to reduce the waste of plastic bags, work great when used together. This keeps it achievable, realistic, and easy.

Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. Launched in 2009, they are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Millburn was awarded the Bronze certification in 2010 and again in 2013, and Silver status in 2015. For more information, please visit the Sustainable Jersey website.

Green Team Collaboration

The Millburn Township Green Team is working in collaboration with the Green Teams of Maplewood and South Orange on a number of sustainability endeavors for the benefit of all 3 communities. Sustainable Jersey's 2016 Collaboration Award was presented to these 3 Green Teams in recognition of their joint community efforts.

re:Yard- A Better Yard Care Initiative

Yard is a community-oriented program that awards lawns, gardens and yards for being sustainable and reducing many of environmental impacts from standard yard care.

The goal for the re:Yard certification is to encourage, support and celebrate a wide-variety of options to reduce and eliminate these impacts in diverse ways. To take part in the program, go to

Composter Sale

To complement the re:Yard initiative, the Green Team is currently selling a tumbling composter. The Dueling Wizard Tumbler is a unique model allowing for the “cooking” of 2 batches of compost simultaneously. To encourage the practice of home composting, the reduction of trash and the creation of healthy soil, these composters are being sold at cost for the unbeatable price of $125.00. Please download the Composter Model Details (PDF) for more additional information. To order a composter, please send an email for more information.

Better Yard Care Articles

Composting 101

Millburn Township Recycles 

America Recycles Day 2018

America Recycles Day is November 15th and has been officially declared to be MILLBURN RECYCLES DAY. In recognition of the continual importance of recycling, the Green Team is asking residents to sign a Recycling Pledge. 
See link below for the pledge:

America Recycles Day Pledge 2018

Polystyrene Collection Bin at the Department of Public Works Yard

Bring all CLEAN, DRY and WHITE polystyrene to the collection bin. Please do not deposit peanuts, egg cartons or any food related foam product into the bin. DO NOT place polystyrene in your curbside single stream recycling as it will NOT be recycled.

Plastic Bag & Film Recycling

All materials listed in the Plastic Bag and Film Recycling (PDF) may be brought to retail store collection bins such as Target, Shop Rite, Best Buy, Staples. DO NOT place plastic bags or plastic film in your curbside single stream recycling as it will NOT be recycled.

Environmental Education Guides & Articles