Environmental Commission


Welcome to the home page for the Teaneck Environmental Commission.  We welcome your questions, comments, inquiries and suggestions.

The Commission:

  • conducts research into the use and possible use of open land areas
  • works cooperatively with local and national not-for-profits with similar interests in protecting the environment
  • prepares materials for public distribution
  • maintains an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas
  • makes recommendations to the Planning Board of plans and programs for inclusion in a Master Plan and the development and use of such areas
  • studies and makes recommendations concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management,  noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and protection of flora and fauna
  • may, subject to the approval of the Council, acquire property, both real and personal, on behalf of the town and can administer the property subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift
  • promotes actions by the town government, its residents and businesses, that enhance environmental sustainability, including but not limited to waste management, recycling, energy efficiency, best practices in design, construction, operations, landscaping, energy efficiency, air and water quality, and purchasing.

Here is a list of the major goals for 2018:

  • Private Tree Ordinance. Continue collaborative work with groups including Shade Tree Advisory Board, Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Friends of the Greenway, Parks, Playgrounds and Recreation Advisory Board. Try and adopt a similar ordinance to Tenafly.
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, aka "Complete Streets" was passed in 2017.
  • Recycling. How to help educate the community, including schools. Organize styrofoam collection bin at Recycling Center.
  • Reduce the use of Plastic Bags. This Girl Scout initiative lead to the new plastic bag fee ordinance, which should have taken effect in June of this year.
  • Trash Collection Proposal (introduce public waste collection, minimizing the waste and traffic of multiple carriers serving the same streets, by presenting a bidding process for each of Teaneck's eight collection zones), as well as submitting PAYT proposal to the Council (see this EPA implementation guide )
  • Leave the Leaves initiative . Working on amending the town's noise ordinance, to limit usage of leaf-blowers during summer months.
  • No-idling campaign.
  • Advance sustainability: Assist Town in recertification under Sustainable Jersey Program.

Why leave this for future generations to deal with, when we can start making changes now?


BEGINNER (for those just beginning to think about Zero Waste)
- don't forget to BYO bag when shopping
- recycle 1's 2's and 5's in yellow recycling bin
- pack lunches in reusable containers and bags

INTERMEDIATE (for those looking to step up their waste reduction game)
- stop buying bottled water (install a filter, for example GE SmartWater)
- buy products with less packaging
- shop second hand stores, Craigslist, freecycle, etc. before buying new

ADVANCED (for those trying to incorporate Zero Waste principles into all aspects of their lives)
- leave grass clippings on your lawn or sow no-mow lawn, use fallen leaves and branches as mulch around plantings
- compost in your backyard
- join our local Community Supported Agriculture farm

EXPERT (for those looking to advace Zero Waste movement beyond just themselves)
- stop using disposable, single-use plastic (such as cups, plates, plastic silverware, etc.)
- encourage local restaurants or businesses to go Zero Waste (and allow for BYO containers)
- host a Zero Waste event to educate others

Tip sheet based on http://www.sustainableprinceton.org/waste-for-residents/ . To learn more on how to work towards a Zero Waste home, visit Bea Johnson’s website (or read her book): http://www.zerowastehome.com/about/tips/

Useful websites (list in progress):

• NJ recycling website: http://www.recyclingnj.com/index.html

• Mattress recycling: http://www.cjpgroup.net/

• CD & inkjet cartridge recycling: http://www.cdrecyclingcenter.org/centers/submission

Teaneck businesses where you can buy in bulk or at the counter (list in progress):

• Teaneck Farmers' Market (Thursdays, June through October, noon - 5 pm). Otherwise Stop & Shop now offers many vegetables in bulk, and at the deli counter, they will fill your container.

• Baskin Robbins (332 Cedar Lane) will fill a BYO container with their ice cream. Same goes for Bischoff's , for high end ice-cream.

• New To You (449 Cedar Lane) for high end second hand clothes.

Pickelicious (384 Cedar Lane) for pickles and candy.

Peck Peck Chicken (250 Degraw Ave) will put your take-out in your containers, if you ask.

Print out the tips sheet below by clicking on it, then dragging it to your desktop:

The Environmental Commission’s statutory authority is in the town code.

Current Board Members

Bettina Hempel-Gilbert, Secretary and Chair
Phil Rhodes, Vice Chair
Don Daume
Aryeh Meir
Roslyn Turner
Paul Hutt
Peter Goldman
Ken Hoffman
Karen Orgen, Planning Board Representative
Keith Kaplan, Council Liaison

Meeting minutes


Statutory Powers and By-laws


Teaneck is proud to be a Certified Sustainable Jersey Community.
For more tips on recycling and solid waste, visit Bergen County Utilities Authority

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