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 Education
View the Slideshow of Student Posters from the April 2018 Straws on Request~Do You Need A Bag? event. Township businesses took part and replaced plastic and paper bags with reusable bags provided by the Green Team and did not dispense plastic straws unless requested by customers.
Reusable Bag Campaign
- Always decline a disposable single-use plastic bag.
- Always bring your reusable bags into every store, not only grocery stores. Remember to bring your bags into the store and the practice will soon become a habit.
- If you do have plastic bags, properly recycle them at collection bins located retail stores. Do not include disposable plastic bags with your curbside recycling.
For information related to the exhibits at the April, 2017 Green Fair, see the following links:
- Millburn Township Website
- Green Team Webpage
- Department of Public Works Webpage
- Public Works Pamphlet 2020
Other Recycling Ideas:
- Home Depot - CFL Light Bulbs, plastic bags
- 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
*At locations collecting plastic bags, you may also deposit clean and dry plastic film, dry cleaning bags, cereal bag liners, and Ziploc bags.
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.
The Millburn Township Green Team participated 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, Maplewood and South Orange, took place in January 2019. Funds were provided via a grant from PSE&G thru Sustainable Jersey to purchase the eco-friendly packaging. The restaurants were 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
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 the program website
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 to the Green Team for more information.
Millburn Township Recycles
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. All bags must be clean and dry.