Monthly Archives for February 2020

Electronic Waste Recycling Day

Posted: February 29, 2020

This event has been cancelled. The next e-waste event will be held May 16, 2020.

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) will be conducting an electronic waste recycling event on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its facilities located at 34 South Route 94 in Lafayette. This program is available to Sussex County residents, businesses, school districts and municipalities.

According to the SCMUA, it holds this type of disposal event to keep hazardous materials and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, nickel and cadmium—commonly found in household electronics—from polluting our environment.

Examples of acceptable e-waste items:

  • computers
  • monitors
  • laptops
  • computer peripherals such as keyboards and mice
  • fax machines
  • VCRs
  • DVD & CD players
  • copiers
  • printers
  • televisions
  • radios
  • stereo equipment
  • cell phones

Residents may bring up to five electronic items for disposal free of charge per vehicle. For larger quantities, please consult the SCMUA website or contact them at 973.579.6998.

Registration Deadline for Companies That Haul or Process Soil, Fill Recyclable Materials

Posted: February 27, 2020

Businesses conducting soil and fill recyclable material services that do not already possess an A-901 license have until April 20, 2020, to register with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as a first step to comply with a newly enacted licensing law requiring greater oversight of those activities.

Governor Phil Murphy signed the law—known as the “Dirty Dirt Bill”—on January 21, which expands the DEP’s oversight of companies that engage in, or provide, soil and fill recycling services including collection, transportation, processing, brokering, storage, purchase, sale or disposition of soil and fill recyclable materials.

The law also requires affected companies that do not already possess an A-901 license to submit an application and a disclosure statement to the Attorney General’s Office detailing their work with soil and fill material in order to receive a soil and fill recycling license for operations in New Jersey by October 19, 2020. The Attorney General’s Office, New Jersey State Police and DEP will review the disclosure statements in consideration of granting a license.

“Dumping or unacceptable use of soil and fill materials occur too frequently,” Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement Elizabeth Dragon said. “DEP Compliance and Enforcement welcomes this new law to monitor and ensure the businesses involved are legitimate and complying with the new regulations, starting when soil or fill material is picked up until it is placed at a site.”

Businesses that do not register by the deadline or businesses that apply for a license thereafter and do not meet the license review requirements will no longer be allowed to perform soil or fill recycling services work in New Jersey.

Businesses that register may continue their services while awaiting a license. Those who apply for a license after the deadline will have to wait for the license before continuing soil and fill recycling services. Businesses that believe they may be subject to the new law may review a DEP Compliance Advisory.

Soil and fill recycling materials registration form

The new law follows DEP’s recent launch of the Guard Your Backyard campaign, which has a dedicated website offering local guidance and a model ordinance that municipal leaders can download and modify to suit their local needs.

BPU to Hold Stakeholder Meetings

Posted: February 21, 2020

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will be holding stakeholder meetings to gather information concerning the service quality and network reliability of telecommunications services provided by Verizon, Alteva and CenturyLink.

The stakeholder meetings will provide residents with the opportunity to comment in a transcribed public forum which will help shape BPU staff’s recommendations to the board.

The BPU is interested in hearing the experiences and interactions of residents and their service provider, as well as the quality of the communications and repair services they receive. They are particularly interested in learning about chronic services issues and the success of repair efforts by the company to correct the problem(s) within a reasonable amount of time. In addition, they would like to know what changes and improvements residents would like to see to insure that as consumers, they receive the highest level of service possible now and in the future.

Meetings Schedule:

  • CenturyLink
    Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    Sussex County Public Safety Training Academy
    114 Morris Turnpike, Newton, NJ 07860
  • Verizon
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    West Milford Township, Main Meeting Room
    1480 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480
  • Alteva
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    Vernon Township Municipal Building, Court Room
    21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ 07462

Additional information on the stakeholder meetings can be found in the attached document .

Vernon MUA Financial Analysis

Posted: February 11, 2020

Remington & Vernick Engineers was hired as an independent consultant in 2016 to review the sanitary utility system that was purchased by the township in 2011. The review was completed from a financial perspective and not a technical perspective of the system.

View financial analysis » 

The information presented in the analysis does not address the technical deficiencies of the system and/or improvements necessary for the short- and long-term sustainment of the system, however, based upon the consultant’s experience in evaluating similar systems, limited comment is provided regarding the anticipated expenditures required in the future to sustain the system.

Free Caregivers Conference in Sussex County

Posted: February 6, 2020

Join United Way Caregivers Coalition on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Newton Medical Center, Romano Conference Center, 175 High Street in Newton for its eighth annual conference in Sussex County. This year’s topic is “Demystifying Medicare and Medicaid: Tools to Empower You.”

This free event, exclusively for caregivers, is filled with workshops and resources that will provide critical information that can help caregivers take care of themselves while also caring for their loved ones.


  • The Alphabet Soup of Medicare & Medicaid, presented by Lori Baker and Terri Seibert with Sussex County Aging & Disability Resource Connection
  • Medicaid 101: What Caregivers Need to Know, presented by Andrea Capita, attorney at law with the Murray Law Firm
  • Panel Discussion: Medicare and Medicaid Q&A
  • The Validity of Caregiving instructed by Niki Brand, Life Coaching, CPC, ELI-Mp

The conference also allows opportunities for caregivers to connect with one another. A light breakfast buffet will be provided.

Registration is required and space is limited. For questions or to register, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) or call 973.993.1160, ext. 305.

Community Garden 2020 Season

Posted: February 4, 2020

The Vernon Township Community Garden, located on Route 517 (next to the dog park), will open for the season on March 30, 2020.

A limited number of plots are available and registrations are now being accepted. Plots are 12’ x 14’ and the annual rental fee is $40.00.

Ready to plant some seeds and cultivate flowers, vegetables and friendships? Download and complete the following forms:

Mail or deliver these forms, with your check made payable to Vernon Township Recreation, to:

Vernon Township Recreation Department
21 Church Street
Vernon, NJ 07462

Please note that the $40.00 rental fee is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of application. Fees are used solely for garden cultivation, maintenance and improvements; this activity is not-for-profit.

Cultivation and planting must be started by May 25, 2020. Any existing garden member who does not register by April 1, 2020 will forfeit his/her plot and it will be offered to the waiting list. Plots that have not been planted by May 25, 2020 will be forfeited and offered to the waiting list unless prior approval is granted. Plots must be tended through the time of fall clean up which will be completed no later than November 17, 2020.

Have questions or need more information? Contact the Vernon Township Department of Recreation and Community Development at 973.764.4055, ext. 2261.