Fixing Water Leaks Can Save Water & Possibly Money

If you notice an uptick in your sewer bill, it may be due to an unknown interior water leak. The fact is water leaks can cause a rise in water meter numbers and these numbers are used to determine your property’s water bill and sewer charge. Simply put, sewer rate calculations are based on a property’s water consumption, and water leaks raise the meter numbers used to calculate water bills which in turn, have an impact on sewer bills.

With this in mind, check all water sources and fix leaks such as dripping faucets and showers, running toilets, or leaks from the pipe connected to your water meter. These simple repairs can decrease your overall water consumption; stopping leaks may ultimately lower your water and sewer bills.

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4/17/19 is Paper/Cardboard Recycling Collection

On Wednesday, April 17 PMUA will collect mixed paper and cardboard only.  Please flatten, bundle, tie and set at the curb or place items in a bin.  Do not place these materials in your blue recycling cart.

Next week, on Wednesday, April 34 we will collect co-mingled items, plastic, glass, and aluminum only.  These items should be placed loosely in your blue recycling cart. Plastic bags cannot be discarded in your blue recycling container.

 

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How Are You Celebrating Earth Month?

You could…

Donate: Take your old books and magazines to a school, the public library or Plainfield Senior Center.

Buy Less:  When you go to the store only buy what you NEED.  Not what you want.

Re-purpose: Go through your linen closet and give all your old towels, sheets, blankets and comforters to the Plainfield Animal Shelter. They need them!

Clean Greener: Use fewer chemicals in your home and improve air quality when you mix your own green cleaners. Basic ingredients include distilled white vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils.

Share Something: Have extra tools and lawn care equipment that is not used often? Share them with neighbors and friends so they don’t have to purchase the same items. You’ll reduce waste and save money, especially if you all go in together to purchase something.

Get Outside: Enjoy the outdoors and spend some time in nature this month by going on a hike, visiting a national park, or going on a picnic in your backyard. Kids love these activities!

Upcycle: Transform something you were about to throw away into something useful. The possibilities are endless! Make a bird feeder out of a milk carton, or a stamp from a wine cork.

Clean it Up: Pick up litter (trash in the wrong place) anytime you’re outside. Whether it’s your trash or not, picking up and taking it to the right bin will help keep our environment clean and safe.

Reduce Clutter: Get rid of the things you no longer use and keep only what is useful and beautiful in your home and office.

Volunteer: We can all accomplish a lot and improve our community if we work together. Look for volunteer opportunities in our area this month.

 

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April 3- Cardboard/Paper Recycling Collection

On Wednesday, April 3 PMUA will collect mixed paper and cardboard only.  Please flatten, bundle, tie and set at the curb or place items in a bin.  Do not place these materials in your blue recycling cart.

Next week, on Wednesday, April 13 we will collect co-mingled items, plastic, glass, and aluminum only.  These items should be placed loosely in your blue recycling cart. Plastic bags cannot be discarded in your blue recycling container.

 

 

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Union County Hazardous Waste Collection Event 4/6/19

Please refer to this link for an accepted item list and additional details.

http://ucnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HHW-2019-SpringC.pdf

This event is for Union County residents only, no businesses, please!

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Union County Shred Mobile Event This Saturday & Sunday

Union County will be hosting Shred Mobile Events this weekend, Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 in Scotch Plains at the UC-Vo-Tech campus located at 1776 Raritan Road.

From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you can bring up to 4 bags or boxes of personal papers and confidential paper documents to be shred.  The event is for Union County residents only and note that the Shred Program will end prior to 1:00 p.m. in the event that the shredding truck reaches capacity.

Please bring items in paper bags if possible.

For more info call 908-654-9889 or go to www.ucnj.org//recycle.

 

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Have a Bin in Several Rooms

Ask the majority of recycling families where their bins are and you will likely receive a resounding collective of “in the kitchen”.

Unfortunately, many of the other rooms become neglected, allowing perfectly recyclable materials to end up in trash cans.

So if you place a little separate bin in the bathroom to collect cardboard toilet paper rolls, empty product containers, pill bottles, and packaging you would recycle more. In your home office or craft room, you can collect printer paper, bottles, old files, pamphlets, and flyers. The bedroom can also use a small recycling bin for product containers, to-do lists, and magazines.

Do not forget the garage where you not only have items such as jars, bottles, and project waste but items that come with you out of the car once you have parked such as glass bottles and cans.

 

 

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Choose Glass Over Plastic

 

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3/20/19-Cardboard/Paper Items for Recycling Collection

On Wednesday, March 20th PMUA will collect mixed paper and cardboard only.  Please flatten, bundle, tie and set at the curb or place items in a bin.  Do not place these materials in your blue recycling cart.

Next week, on Wednesday, March 27th we will collect co-mingled items, plastic, glass, and aluminum only.  These items should be placed loosely in your blue recycling cart. Plastic bags cannot be discarded in your blue recycling container.

 

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Try Grasscycling & Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Bagging grass clippings produces waste that needs to be hauled and can be heavy. If you practice “Grasscycling” it can help reduce the mess and strain from bagging clippings and it improves your turf, acting as a natural fertilizer.

Grasscycling is when you “mow and go,” and it has a host of other benefits besides saving time.

What is Grasscycling? – Mowing the lawn doesn’t have to be such a chore if you know how to grasscycle. Even if you don’t have a mulching mower you can grasscycle. The key is in how and when you mow so you can prevent thatch buildup, unsightly grass debris, and the clippings are returned to the earth quickly.

Your grass clippings can be a precious resource rather than a pain in the neck to bag and remove. The idea behind the practice is to let clippings fall where they do so they can release nitrogen, and reduce the need for watering, which decreases the incidence of fungal disease like rust and leaf spot.

Grasscycling does not contribute to thatch build up and saves you time. As the clippings break down, they fertilize the lawn, minimizing the need for excess nutrients. Clippings can provide 15 to 20 percent of a lawn’s food needs. This makes for a healthier turf that is thick and leaves no room for pesky weeds.

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