Saturday September 26 – National Drug Take-Back Day

drug take back day Delran Township Police Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency to accept expired prescription medications as well as over-the-counter drugs for proper disposal since 2009.  On Saturday from 10am to 2pm, Delran Township Police Department will be accepting unwanted drugs.  It’s a free and anonymous process. Delran Township Police deliver the unused/expired/unwanted drugs to the local DEA office for proper disposal. Since the program started in 2009, Delran residents have turned in over 710 pounds of drugs for proper disposal.  If you aren’t able to drop off your drugs on Saturday between 10am and 2pm, you can still properly dispose of your unwanted drugs.  The Palmyra Police Department has a secure drop off of point for unwanted medications available to the public throughout the year.

September 9, 2015 Green Team Meeting


WHEN:  September 9th at 7pm

WHERE:  Delran Township Municipal Building

This is our regular monthly meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  If the door is locked please call (609)217-2875.

• Welcome attendees
• Review and approve August meeting minutes
• Recap of Council Work Session Meeting – Bill
• Delran Day October 4 Planning
• Update on Burlington County Buy Local Program – Bill
• Health and Wellness Program – Finalize the list of programs offered.
• Sustainable Jersey application status – Deb to provide
• Annual Report – members input requested. Please bring comments/suggestions.
• Upcoming events
• Other business

Every Kid in a Park

What can you do in one of our National Parks, Historic Trails, National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Seashores, National Forests and Preserves?  camp, hike, rock climb, snorkel, swim, ski, boat, raft, view wildlife, see amazing scenery, kayak, snowshoe, climb a glacier, picnic, relax, photograph – the list is endless. The cost of an annual pass is $80.

Do you have a 4th grader? Great news! Every Kid in a Park pass program starts today! Find out how you can get a free pass to federal parks, lands and waters. Check it out: Great way to create some amazing family memories and photographs.  This is a DO NOT MISS opportunity.  Kids, with your 4th grade National Park pass you can bring a carload of family and friends along.

If  you are over the age of 62 you can purchase a lifetime Senior Pass for only $10. Double-O-Arch_Arches_National_Park_2 national-parks-usa

Doing Our Part to Conserve Water

before 9 signThe Green Team posted lawn signs at key locations in Delran to inform residents about lawn watering.  It looks like our signs are working.  More residents are choosing to water their lawns in the early morning or early evening.  Watering during the heat of the day results in significant loss due to evaporation.  You need to water longer which uses more water to accomplish the same effect if you water before 9am or after 5pm.  You really don’t need to water unless you’ve recently planted sod or reseeded your lawn.  The roots will grow deeper with less watering.  Once we get the big rain storm – your lawn will be lush green once again.  To learn more ways you can use water wisely, go to EPA’s WaterSense website.

Final Campfire of 2015 – Stop Idling

bill curzieBill Curzie, Chairman of the Delran Green Team was the final speaker for our 2015 Summer Green Learning Series.  Bill explained that allowing your car to idle wastes gas and contributes to air pollution.  Exhaust emissions worsen asthma, bronchitis, and existing allergies.  Idling emits 20 times more pollution than when driving.  More importantly, it’s illegal to allow your car to idle more than three minutes.  Just think how many times have you gotten into your car and checked your email and sent a few text messages.  Let’s all do our part to make Delran a healthier place to live by remembering to turn off your car when you’re waiting to pick up your kids from  school, clubs and sport fields.  Click for more information.

August 25- Stop the Idling

Outdoor air pollution is caused by small particles and ground level ozone that comes from car exhaust, smoke, road dust and factory emissions. Outdoor air pollution can worsen chronictriggers_outdoors_lg respiratory diseases, such as asthma. Bill Curzie, Chairman of the Delran Green Team and president of Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Association will talk to residents about outdoor air quality and the primary cause of outdoor air pollution caused by auto emissions and excessive idling. He will share information on regional and local air quality problems and what we can do to improve conditions.

This program was originally scheduled for August 11 but cancelled due to thunderstorms.  Join us for our final Green Learning Campfire at 7:30pm Tuesday August 25 at the campfire at the Methodist Church on Conrow Road.  Bring a chair and bugspray.

August 18 – Home Energy Conservation

Bob WagnerLED bulb enlightened the group on light bulbs.  Incandescent bulbs are no longer available and have been replaced with more energy efficient types – CFL and LEDs.  CFLs take awhile to warm up to full brightness and LEDs will hopefully last a life time.

Bob also explained those complex electric bills.  PSEG provides information on your usage the previous year and the temperatures.  You can use this information to assess how well you are doing.  If you are using the same amount of Kilowatts but the temperature was hotter last summer, you are doing better.  Many were interested in the option of selecting a different energy supplier.  This is only a portion of your electric bill.  It’s about $0.12 per kilowatt hour.  You will continue to pay PSEG for the use of the distribution system which is about 1/3 of your electric cost.

You may want to consider replacing your refrigerator if it’s more than 10 years old with a more efficient Energy Star.  Check out NJ Clean Energy or contact PSEG, they will pay you to replace.