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The Environmental Commission is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, protection, and appearance of our local environment including open space, wetlands, water resources, air, soil, landscape, flora, and fauna. Air and noise pollution, solid waste management, and recycling are all areas for which the Environmental Commission is responsible. Through increased awareness and educational programs to our ordinances, we hope to fulfill our vision of a safe, healthy, and beautiful Old Tappan.
Who We Are
The OTEC is a seven member commission made up of Old Tappan residents, appointed by Mayor John Kramer, with terms varying from one to three years in length. Our members volunteer their time to help make Old Tappan a more environmentally sound and aesthetically pleasing place in which to live. Our Commission members are:
David Keil - Chairman
Melanie Rie - Vice Chairperson
Wendy Feldstein - Alt 1
Vacant - Alt 2
Sylvia Kokoski - Recording Sec
Victor Cioce - Council Liaison
When We Meet
Please join us at our monthly meeting help on the third Tuesday of each month in the conference room at Borough Hall. We begin at 7:30 PM and would greatly appreciate any and all contributions of ideas and proposals. Since all residents are the eyes and ears of the community, please alert us to any environmental problems or concerns which fall within the realm of the OTEC.
In addition to attending the meetings, you may contact the Environmental Commission by dropping a note into Town Hall at 227 Old Tappan Road or please feel free to call Borough Hall at 201-664-1849 and leave a message.
The Environmental Commission has reviewed the new Care One Project, which contains a path to Ingleside on Washington Avenue. 262 trees were supposed to be cut down, but the Commission has made suggestions on how to save trees alongside Washington Avenue. About 30-40 trees have been saved and Borough ordinance states that trees with at least 2.5" diameters should replace removed trees. The Commission has asked to replace the cleared trees with more mature trees of 4.5" diameter. This was agreed upon by the builder and engineer. In addition, the builder of Care One will add more landscaping to further the density of the land.
The Commission also reviewed Talsa Construction's work on 82 Old Tappan Road. Talsa Construction has done a good job in preserving trees on the property. Most of the trees that were cut down were diseased and the cleared trees were replaced.
The Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) hosts a variety of events that include household hazardous waste collections, tire, and computer/electronic recycling events.
For information about the location and dates of these upcoming recycling events, see the Bergen County Utilities Authority Calendar.
Most consumers are unaware that computers and electronic equipment contain toxic materials and heavy metals, which could create an unsafe environment if, according to the Bergen County Utility Authority Chairman, "their landfilled were incinerated." Therefore, it is important that computers and electronic equipment be disposed of properly. The BCUA offers a drop-off site in Little Ferry, NJ by appointment only Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 12 noon. Further information is available through their hotline at 201-807-8683.
Old cellular phones can be donated through:
Donate-a-phone, giving used phones to women's shelters, to CollectiveGood, who give a portion of their revenues to charity, or to Verizon stores, who refurbish and donate these phones to local charities. Also, many police and fire departments will accepted used phones for reuse as 911 Emergency phones.
Compact Disks (CDs) can be recycled by sending them to Green Disk (1-800-305-3475) and MRC Polymers (1-800-890-9000). Old America Online CDs can be sent to No More AOL CDs (1935 El Dorado Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707)
Any questions regarding solid waste disposal and recycling can be answeredthrough the BCUA Recycling Hotline at 201-641-5341.
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood
Botanical Gardens at SkyLands in Ridgewood
Hackensack River Watershed Protection
Hackensack River Eco-cruise
Closter Nature Center
Tenafly Nature Center
Environmental Web Links
The following web sites offer fascinating information on diverse topics that can help you in many aspects of your day to day activities:
United Water Resources of New Jersey
In addition, these web sites offer a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about their environment and become more active locally:
Kids Go Wild
Care 2 Make A Difference
Energy Saving Ideas:
U.S. Department of Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
National Wildlife Federation
Save Our Environment
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Gardening and Landscaping:
American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
The National Arbor Day Foundation
Better Homes and Gardens
International Flower Bulb Center
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Green Landscaping with Native Plants
The Garden Conservancy
The Vegetarian Resource Group
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Mendham, NJ 07945