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.

Are You Using Energy?

The Ewing Green Team joins its partner members of the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition in observing Energy Efficiency Month.  This October we encourage you to rethink your energy use. Watch this space every day for a new Energy Efficiency Tip. Be creative. Be innovative. Start thinking about ways that you can reduce your energy use at home and at work.

The average household uses this much energy every year :

8,500 kWh of electricity (costing $1,400 and emitting 4,500 pounds of CO2)

1,000 therms of natural gas (costing $1,000 emitting 11,300 pounds of CO2)

1,000 gallons of gasoline (costing $2,300 and emitting 19,600 pounds of CO2)

Where are you going to do to reduce your energy usage?

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA

Completing the 2020 Census Will Help to Sustain Our Community

Help shape Ewing’s (and New Jersey’s) future with your response.

This year in 2020 the U.S. government will begin its decennial count of the population.  Sometime in mid-March you should receive an invitation to complete the 2020 Census in the mail.  With your response you will continue a process that first began in 1790 and has occurred every ten years since on years ending in “0.”  The United States census is constitutionally mandated and attempts to count every person living in the U.S. once, and only once, where they live.  Your response is requested by phone, by mail or online.

It is vitally important that each Ewing resident is accounted for in the Census.

What’s at Stake

Fair Representation

The results of the census are used for the reapportionment of seats for the House of Representatives for the coming decade.  Census results will determine how many seats New Jersey is entitled to in the House and will help ensure that any redistricting of congressional districts which takes place after the census will be fair.  Officials will also redraw the boundaries of legislative districts for representation in the state Assembly.

How does the 2020 Census Affect Representation?

Funding

You’ve probably heard that (overall) New Jersey is a “donor” state which means that New Jerseyans send to Washington more funds than are returned to us in the form of federal funds, grants, and support for the state, counties and communities.  That money is spent on hospitals, schools, roads, public works, and other vital programs and includes school lunches, plans for highways, support for firefighters and families in need…   The Decennial Census provides the benchmark data for how the funds are distributed.  An accurate count is vital in guaranteeing that funds are fairly returned to New Jersey residents through these programs.

How the Census Affects Federal Funding

Data Analysis

Census data is analyzed by local government, universities, non-profits, the business community to inform their research and planning.  Governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.  Businesses use the data for market research and decisions such as where to build plants, offices and stores which create jobs.  The data is used for infrastructure and transportation planning, medical research, and much more.

What You Need to Know

  • If you live in the United States, you are required by law to complete the 2020 Census.
  • In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online.  You still have the option of responding by phone or mail if that is your preference.
  • You will be asked a few simple questions such as name, age, date of birth, sex, race, relationships, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.  The goal is to count people once (and only once) where they live on Census Day (April 1st).
  • They will inquire about national origin (Latino, Hispanic or Spanish) to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as under the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
  • They ask whether a home is owned or rented to create statistics about home ownership and renters.  This serves as an indicator of the nation’s economy and helps in administering housing programs and informing planning decisions.
  • You will NOT be asked to supply your Social Security number, bank or credit card numbers, for money or donations, or anything related to political parties.
  • Count everyone under your roof as of April 1, 2020.  If there are special circumstances such as students, foreign citizens, US military personnel, snow birds, etc. please check the Special Circumstances section on the Census Bureau’s Who to Count page.
  • The Census Bureau will ask for a phone number in case they need to contact you.  They will never share that number and will contact you only if needed for official Census Bureau business.
  • Your answers to the 2020 Census are safe, secure and protected by federal law.  Your answers can only be used to produce statistics.  They cannot be used against you in any way by any government agency: not by the FBI, the CIA, DHS, or ICE!  By law, all responses to the U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
  • The Census Bureau has a robust cyber-security program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

Census Timeline

  • March 12 – 20: You should receive an invitation to respond online to the census questionnaire.
  • March 16 -24: A reminder letter will be sent out.
  • March 25 – April 3: You will receive a reminder postcard if you haven’t responded yet.
  • April 1st: Census Day observed.
  • April 8 – 16: Another reminder letter and a paper questionnaire.
  • April 20 -27: A final reminder postcard before they follow up in person.
  • May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure that everyone is counted. If someone comes to your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.
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  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

Your response matters

We ask that over the next few months you complete your census information and help get the word out about the importance of a complete census for Ewing Township.  Look for more information and reminders to come, on our Facebook page, and posters around town as we work to ensure that every Township resident is counted.

 

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.

Dispose of Your Unused Medications Safely on National Take Back Day This Saturday, April 29th

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 29, 2017, 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 the Pennington Road Fire Company, 1660 Pennington Road.  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.  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 29, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Pennington Road Fire Company, 1660 Pennington Road

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.