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NJ Recycling Center Program Expands

Upper Saddle River

It all began with the vision of Ron Lottermann, director of Fair Lawn Recycling Center, and their collection conducted over 8 years ago. Since then, the joint program has evolved into a year-round collection in which we bring a corporate team of volunteers once a year to inspect, clean and bag the toys for donation. About 25-30 Viacom volunteers sign up to participate every year in the spring in conjunction with their Viacommunity Day, a day of community service performed by their employees the world over.

At the end of the 3-hour event, in which approximately 1,000 toys are prepped to be loved and played with again, our friends at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? volunteer to load up their trucks and transport the toys to local organizations that have signed up to receive our toys.

This turnkey program is so efficient and brings in such large numbers of toys, that we have since begun to replicate the program in recycling centers throughout New Jersey. Why are the recycling centers so interested? Their environmentally-conscious constituents not only love the idea, but it saves the town the costs of having to dispose of the plastic toys as refuse.

In addition to Fair Lawn Recycling, the centers that are now participating include Paramus Department of Public Works, Upper Saddle River Recycling Depot, Westfield Conservation Center, Holmdel Recycling Drop Off Center, Montgomery Township Public Works Department and Eatontown Department of Public Works. There are currently opportunities available for corporate teams to participate in these fun and engaging programs in the spring. Please contact us on our corporate sponsorships page if you are interested in having an employee engagement team participate.