Nutley, NJ - Programs and Events

Greenutley Initiative

"Through education, events, and activities, Greenutley is raising awareness of the importance of green choices in our everyday lives and providing simple, effective ways for each of us to contribute to the sustainability of our community and our planet, including saving energy, recycling and reducing waste, eating local/organic food, and reducing pollution." Beginning with the township's first eco-fest in September 2009, Greenutley has sponsored many programs and events. See the Greenutley section of the town website for details.

The monthly Greenutley column discusses environmental issues of interest to those living in Nutley and elsewhere:

Act Now on Climate Change ** Best Ways to Save Energy & Money ** Celebrating Trees ** Choose Paper that Conserves Trees ** Composting Made Easy ** Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat ** Curbside Recycling and Beyond ** Don't Be an American Idler ** Easy Ways to Conserve Water ** Food for Thought ** Genetically Engineered Foods Should Be Labeled ** Going Green When Going Back to School ** Grasscycling ** Greening the Holidays ** Is Solar Right for Your Home? ** Labels to Know: FishWise, Rainforest Alliance, FSC Certified, Energy Star ** Labels to Know: Organic, Fair Trade, Certified Humane ** Let the Cleaning Begin ** Make Shopping List Nice, Not Naughty ** Nutley Achieves Sustainable Jersey Certification ** Nutley Farmers Market Opens June 5th 2011 ** Reducing Food Waste ** Saving Seeds ** School Lunch Can Be Healthy & Delicious ** Ten Reasons to Visit the Nutley Farmers Market ** That's Garbage! Or Is It? ** The Buzz on Bees ** Tips for a Greener Lawn ** We Are What We Build ** Why a Healthy Lunch Is Important ** Why Locally Grown Food?

Ongoing Greenutley Events

Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey helps communities become more sustainable by awarding points for green actions. In 2010, Nutley achieved bronze status and become one of only 74 certified New Jersey communities. It was recertified in 2013.

Nutley Jitney

This service provides transportation from locations throughout town to the train station on Delawanna Avenue, Clifton. The schedule is available on the township website:

Municipal Recycling

Did you know that Nutley recycles:

Small appliances and electronic equipment are picked up on Mondays. To arrange a pickup, call the Department of Public Works at 973-284-4984 with your address and a list of items.

CFLs, vehicle batteries, techno trash, and used motor oil may be dropped off at the Municipal Garage or Town Hall between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday thru Friday.

In 2009, the recycling program was expanded to include all Nutley schools.

During Spring Cleanup Weeks (first weeks in April), leaves and other yard vegetation should be placed in biodegradable paper bags and will be picked up curbside by the Department of Public Works.

According to an article in the Nutley Sun (2/16/06), recycling saved the town $47,179.00 in 2005. It costs the town $72 per ton to dispose of garbage, whereas the cost of curbside recycling is much lower.

For a complete list of items recycled, see the current recycling guide at Click on the link on the right side of the page for a printable PDF version.

Tree Ordinance

Nutley's first tree ordinance was passed in August 2006. Before removing any significant or landmark tree (as defined in the ordinance), the owner must obtain a permit. The ordinance specifies conditions under which a permit will be issued and penalties for unauthorized tree removal. For more details, contact the Shade Tree Division of the Department of Parks and Recreation (973-284-4966).

Anti-idling Ordinance

With the goals of reducing car emissions and fuel usage, an ordinance against car idling was passed in 2010.

Community Organizations

The Nutley Community Preservaton Partnership ( has as its goal "to preserve Nutley's small-town feel, defined by the township's variety of charming homes, its tree canopy, and its un-cramped atmosphere."

Local Eco-Blog

Written by one of the Live Well Be Well founders, provides inspiring ideas and tips for eco-living, sustainability, organics, cooking, baking, recycling, books, kids, family fun, and gardening.

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