Chatham Township Environmental Commission

The Environmental Commission is an official arm of the local government, established to protect the environment and conserve natural resources. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor. Volunteer help is always welcomed! Check out our Events, Programs & Project page…maybe there’s something there that will interest you!

The Chatham Township Environmental Commission distributed 500 trees at its much-anticipated Tree Seedling Give-A-Way on Saturday May 30, 2020.

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• Free energy audit for your home - where are you wasting electricity and gas?
• Rebates of $50 to $300 on purchase or recycling of washers, dryers and refrigerators • Incentives for purchase of furnaces, boilers, water heaters, central air conditioners, ductless mini-splits and heat pumps (including geothermal heat pumps) • Instant rebates on many LED lighting products at certain stores at the Chatham Mall and Hickory Square Shopping Center • Many more money- and energy-saving programs for your home or business
Join the thousands of New Jersey homeowners, businesses and municipalities that have taken advantage of incentives offered by New Jersey's Clean Energy Program™. These programs provide opportunities for you to save energy and money and help protect our climate and shoreline.
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The Chatham Township Environmental Commission held its seventeenth Annual Open Space Workday on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Families, Girl and Boy Scouts, clubs, youth groups, outdoor enthusiasts were all invited to come at any time during the morning to visit the Green Village Pond Conservation Area to pick up trash, spread woodchips, spruce up the trail, prune brambles and enjoy a taste of spring. Free snacks were provided.

Thirty-five enthusiastic volunteers spent the morning working on this beautiful piece of preserved Chatham Township land clearing and spreading woodchips on the trail to the pond. Chatham High School students in the Key Club, Township residents and their children, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and a family from a Hackensack environmental group lined the trail, clipped brambles away from the footpath and collected 15 bags of trash along with ancient rusted farm equipment and old metal implements.

Generous sponsors included Chatham Disposal, Inc. which donated collection of the bags of trash, ShopRite of Chatham which donated trash bags, work gloves and supplies, and the Chatham Township Department of Public Works which donated 3 cubic yards of wood chips and loaned rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows.


Pilgrim Pipeline - Neighborhood Impacts
Engineering Report on the Feasibility of a Jetport in the Great Swamp

Protect Your Tree Seedlings!


Twelve people enjoyed a hike in warm and sunny weather on the Green Village Pond Trail (1.5 miles round trip) on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Near the pond a small snake basked in the sun. The group walked along the edge of wet meadows which in the summer host a spectacular display of bright pink wild hollyhocks (Rose mallow). Then onward through forest to the Kirby Meadow, a 41 acre preserved mown field which is habitat for songbirds. A nice walk in nature on a perfect day."


Chatham Township's Drug Take-Back Program

The Chatham Township Police Department maintains a program to safely dispose of resident's unused and unwanted medications. Click here for details of the program. For a discussion of the national and statewide program see the Project Medicine Drop website of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs

Recycling Made Easier! Click here to see the VIDEO about Chatham Township’s NEW Recycling Program “All-In-One Single-Stream”

Videos and More About Recycling at the ReCommunity Material Recovery Facility

See the videos about our EcoChallenge Teams

Chatham Township Environmental Commission Passaic River Cleanup/Weedout April 21, 2018

View the "Green Scene" Video Series - click here

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