Greener Bloomfield’s key efforts since 2017 has been to promote composting in the town. Several composting demos attracted interested neighbors; and in 2018, a $10,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey is expanding composting education, and also funds a feasibility study to try to have food waste recycled.
Since 2013 Greener Bloomfield hosts Earth Day celebrations ( the last Sunday in April at Brookside Park) and did sponsor an EcoFest as part of the town’s annual fall Harvest Fest, although this effort has been reduced.
We have been working toward greater involvement with the local schools and are encouraged by the Board of Education’s decision to participate in the program for schools sponsored by Sustainable Jersey.
One of our members also belongs to the Open Space Committee, and under that banner started Bloomfield’s second community garden.
North Center Drugs, before closing its doors, located on Broad Street in Bloomfield, accepted Greener Bloomfield’s advocacy to host a Prescription Drug Take-Back Program which provides a safe and easy way for individuals to clear their cabinets of unused prescription drugs more safely than the common practice of flushing drugs into waste water. The program is part of a nationwide effort. Now the drug drop off –and old mail box — is in the Police Building at Franklin and Montgomery.
We are very interested in the Complete Streets program that Bloomfield has signed on to, and would like to see the town become safer for bikes and pedestrians. We are looking to ways we can assist in these efforts. Similarly, we would like to participate in a tree inventory to establish as baseline on the status of the township’s tree cover.