In an effort to call attention to proper methods of discarding old and worn Stars and Stripes, Eagle Scout Collin Goldbach, in coordination with the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA), has designed and built American flag disposal boxes to be located at key spots in the county. His goal is to make it more convenient for people to dispose of old and worn flags.

Collin, a member of Scout Troop 121 in Chatham, displayed one of his new flag boxes at a meeting of the Morris County Board of Freeholders. He explained that as someone who aspires to serve in the U.S. military, he finds it important to treat Old Glory with respect – even in disposal.

From left, Freeholders Deb Smith, Kathryn DeFillippo, MUA’s Mike Nunn, Frank Goldbach, Collin Goldbach, Dawn Goldbach, MUA executive director Larry Gindoff, Freeholder director Doug Cabana, and Freeholders Heather Darling and John Cesaro. Eagle Scout Collin Goldbach, 17, of Chatham Township, built four American flag disposal drop boxes for the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority as his Eagle Scout project. (Photo provided by the County of Morris)

The four bright red flag disposal boxes will be located at:

  • MUA transfer station (1100 Edwards Road, Parsippany)
  • MUA transfer station (168 Goldmine Road, Mount Olive)
  • Morris County Administration and Records Building (10 Court Street, Morristown)
  • MUA facility at the National Guard Armory (476 Clinton Avenue, Dover).

When an American flag becomes worn, faded, torn, or soiled, it should be retired and replaced with a new flag. However, it is illegal to throw away an American flag. Instead, the flag code states that it should be destroyed with “with dignity, preferably by burning.” The most common method is burning the torn or tattered flag in a special ceremony.

In addition to the Eagle Scout’s disposal boxes, flags can be taken to one of Morris County’s many American Legion or VFW posts, where veterans and members may hold a ceremony as they properly dispose of it. Locally, flags can be delivered to:

  • American Legion Post 423/ VFW Post 564 (28 Legion Road, Oak Ridge)
  • American Legion Post 245 (210 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong)

For more information on flag disposal, visit www.vfw.org/community/flag-etiquette or www.legion.org/flag/questions-answers/91117/how-are-unserviceable-flags-destroyed.

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