With the advent of spring on Monday, March 20th, many of us begin our annual spring cleaning ritual. The EGT recommends that as you go through the unwanted stuff in your home that you consider the 3Rs when you make your decisions regarding their disposal. From clothes, to furniture, to old non-working or outdated electronics, to bottles of cleaners, pesticides, oil-based paints, driveway sealer, insect repellents, to reams of unwanted sensitive documents, these all may need to go. Fortunately, there are some specialized programs that are run in Ewing and Mercer County in April to allow you to dispose of many items AND there are many organizations that will take your gently used, no longer needed items and give them a new home.
Before you make the decision to buy new, we encourage you to reflect on whether you really need something new or whether cleaning or repair of the old item will do. For example, what about that pair of shoes with worn down heels that you love? Don’t throw them out. Take them to be repaired. There a wonderful cobber in Pennington who will make them look like new. Is your coat zipper broken? If the coat is in good condition otherwise, take it to a local tailor for repair.
Spring is also a great time for a yard sale. Run one to find homes for clothes, toys, appliances, and books that you no longer need. Or, check out the local donation centers in Ewing and the surrounding areas at our sister website, EwingRecycles.org. Check out each to see which works best for what you want to donate. Don’t forget the Ewing Animal Shelter, behind the municipal building, that will taker unwearable clothes, sheets and towels for pet bedding.
Events in April
- MCIA Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Electronics Recycling Event
April 8, 2017 at 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Dempster Fire School, 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrence, NJ 08648. This event is for residential Waste only/No Commercial Businesses Mercer County Residents Only/ Proof of Residency Required (Driver’s License)
- Ewing Shred Day
April 22, 2017 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Ewing Township Municipal Building, 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ, United States
Dispose of sensitive documents safely and securely at Ewing’s first Shred Day of the year at the municipal building. Document shredding will be done on site. This service is for Ewing residents only and proof of residency is required.
- National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Ewing
April 29, 2017 at the Pennington Road Fire Company, 1660 Pennington Road, Ewing, Times to be announced. Dispose of your unused medications safely and responsibly.
Don’t forget Ewing’s Convenience Centers. Ewing Township has two waste Drop Off Convenience Sites for residential use only (with proof of Ewing residency). Check http://ewingnj.org/Departments/Public-Works/Brush-Bulk-Waste.aspx for hours.
- Jack Stephan Way (off of Parkway Avenue, at the old Naval Jet Propulsion Center)
Brush and Yard waste.
- Department of Public Works, 136 Scotch Road
Construction debris, doors and windows, lumber, sheetrock, rugs, broken furniture, small appliances, missed garbage pick up and electronics recycling and more.