Whether you’re buying, selling, or just staying put, spring always feels like the right time to clean up. Still, sometimes we could use a little extra motivation. Here are a few upcoming events that may inspire you to tackle one of those spring-cleaning projects sooner rather than later.
Paper Shredding – two low or no-cost options.
April 20 – Montclair Shred-fest - 9am - 1pm at the Community Service Yard 219 N Fullerton. Montclair residents only. Free.
April 27 - Homecorp Shred Day - 9:30am - 12:30pm. 8 Hillside Ave. Open to the public. Donation requested.
Plant Sale - Annual event to benefit Van Vleck Gardens. Experts on-site for advice.
May 3 - 6 — Times vary. Van Vleck Gardens.
Hazardous Waste Collection - Goodbye old paint! (Oil paint, that is. And fluorescent light bulbs. And old fire extinguishers. And anti-freeze.)
May 4 - 8:30am-4pm at the Essex County Public Works site, 99 West Bradford Ave, Cedar Grove
Electronics Recycling - Computers, DVDs, 8-Track Tape players (don’t laugh, I still see some around).
May 18 - 9am - 3pm at the Essex County Public Works site, 99 West Bradford Ave, Cedar Grove
Saturdays - 9am - 4pm at Montclair Community Service Yard, 219 N Fullerton. Residents only. Also 2-4pm Wednesdays and Fridays.
Book Donations - Ongoing collections for book sales to benefit education.
Sep - May - Lacordaire Academy at Park St. and Lorraine Ave. Drop off this year before May 3, 2019.
May - August/Saturdays 8:30—11:30am - Montclair College Women’s Club Book Sale. Collections at 26 Park Street, Montclair. Check website for May start-up dates.
Most websites will spell out what the organizations do and don’t accept as well as any other details you may need.
If you’re planning a garage sale, I always suggest timing it so you can take advantage of bulk waste pick up or any relevant recycling events afterwards. (Most towns require permits; here's info for Montclair.)
For anything else that you might want to sell (or buy) — furniture, clothing, sports equipment, old lawn mowers — I always check out the local swap pages on Facebook (here's one for non-clothing items). One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!