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15 Mountain Blvd
Watchung, NJ 07069

Environmental Commission

Important Messages from our Environmental Commission

Residents: As you make your landscaping and construction plans for the spring and summer, please remember that a permit is required before cutting down any tree, alive or dead. The tree removal permit is free. Details available on the Borough website, at under Engineering, or by calling the Engineering Dept. at Borough Hall, 908-756-0091.


Single-use plastic carryout bags will be banned statewide starting May 2022 in all stores and food service businesses. Single-use paper carryout bags will also be banned in grocery stores larger than 2500 square feet. The ban is designed to reduce pollution and protect NJ's environment and economy for future generations. Remember to bring reusable shopping bags with you to the grocery store and everywhere you go to shop. For further details, click here and let's BAG UP, WATCHUNG!


Watchung is losing so many trees to invasive insects, storms, and disease. Here is a list of the native trees and shrubs that are recommended as replacements for all the ash and other trees that are being lost. 

Watchung Special RECYCLING Information:

The Environmental Commission would like residents to know that the plastic bottle cap recycling program at the library is still suspended due to Covid. The Commission suggests that residents continue to collect their caps at home and hold on to them until the program resumes. 

The Trex plastic bag and film recycling program is also still suspended. Residents are encouraged to recycle their plastic bags at Shop Rite in Stirling, where there are plastic bag recycling bins near all the entrances to the store. 

Bear Sightings

Please be advised that there have been bear sightings in Watchung. Please secure all garbage containers and do not try to approach or feed the bears. For more bear information, please click here.

If you see a Spotted Lanternfly, help us Stomp it Out!

If possible crush it first, and then report it to NJ Dept of Agriculture.
Report a sighting using the reporting tool or email[email protected].

General Information

Authority: Code 2-39

Members: 7 Members for term of 3-years; 1 shall be Planning Board Member Appointed by Mayor; must be residents


15 Mountain Boulevard
Watchung, New Jersey 07069

P: (908) 756-0080
F: (908) 757-7027

Board Officials

Wendy Robinson
Council Liaison

Board Members

Rachel Funcheon, Chair
Ending 12/31/2022

Karen Pennett
Ending 12/31/2023

Andrea Stout, Secretary
Ending 12/31/2022

James Stout
Ending 12/31/2022

Joan Tak
Ending 12/31/2021

Doug Speeney
Ending 12/31/2022

Andy Baldasarre
Ending 12/31/2023