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The theme of the 2022 Earth Day
It is important to take trees into consideration from the very beginning of the construction planning process. Damaging a root system, trunk, or crown will cause some degree of stress and potential decline in all trees and it may take years for signs of damage to appear. This damage may appear in the form of small leaf syndrome, invading fungi or mushrooms, infestation by opportunistic insects, or any number of other diseases that affect weaker trees. By the time these signs become obvious, its too late to repair the damage.
Before you start your project, keep your trees in mind. There are ways to ensure that your trees will not be damaged by construction or other human activities. Preservation will add financial value, environmental value and aesthetic value to your property.
The Commission is trying to be proactive with this issue and is now reviewing its Tree Preservation / Removal Ordinance. Trees have many benefits:
they can help decrease the costs of cooling during the summer months, and keep your home warm during the winter months
they can provide screening, be a noise barrier, draw moisture from the ground, and help support a natural habitat.
not only do they add aesthic value but they add financial value, and have a positive environmental impact.
Studies show that trees can add 15 to 20% value to a property. Studies also show that children raised in areas with trees live healthier and happier lives.
Help save our trees!
The commission is made up of seven Old Tappan residents appointed by the Mayor with terms varying from one to three years in length.
2023 Commission members:
David Keil - Chairman
Wendy King - Alt 1
Barbara DiTrolio - Alt 2
Vacant - Recording Sec
Tom Gallagher - Council Liaison
Please join us at our monthly meeting held on the third Tuesday of each month, in person at the Borough Hall at 7:30pm. Any and all contributions of ideas and proposals are greatly appreciated.
Please wait until the meeting is open to public comment before speaking.
Environmental Commission Information
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.
Our members volunteer their time to help make Old Tappan a more environmentally sound and aesthetically pleasing place in which to live. 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 emailing them at [email protected] or please feel free to call Borough Hall at 201-664-1849 and leave a message.
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:
Cell Phones for Soldiers collects used cell phones and accessories. Donations are sold to a business that recycles this type of equipment. The money raised is used to purchase calling cards for deployed military troops and their families. If you have a phone that you'd like to donate, visit the organization's website and browse the online drop off point directory to find a place to make your donation. The organization's website also provides information on how you can set up an official donation collection station if you are interested in getting involved on a large scale. You also have the option of mailing your cell phone directly to them using either self-paid or pre-paid postage.
Old Tappan participates in the annual Northern Valley Earth Fair held each April during Earth Week. Please visit their website at www.nv-earth-fair.org for more information.
PO Box 157
Mendham, NJ 07945
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:
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
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