Posted Sunday, June 28th, 2020
Chatham Eagle Scout’s Project Offers Four Morris County MUA Collection Sites
As we approach Independence Day, when the American flag will fly across our county, it’s a good time to think about what to with your old and tattered flags, and how to properly dispose of or retire them.
According to veterans’ organizations, when an American flag becomes worn, faded, torn or soiled, it should be retired and replaced with a new flag. It is illegal to throw away the American Flag and the Flag Codes state that it should be destroyed with “with dignity, preferably by burning.”
There are several ways to respectfully dispose of an American flag. The most common method is burning the torn or tattered flag in a special ceremony.
This is best done by taking your old flag to one of Morris County’s many American Legion or VFW posts, where veterans and members may then hold a ceremony as they properly retire/dispose of it.
“The Freeholder Board is appreciative of this process for honorably retiring American flags,” said Freeholder John Krickus. ” As a Marine veteran, like all veterans, we served and sacrificed for our fellow Americans, and some gave their lives for their country so that we can enjoy the freedoms which the flag represents.”
Morris County residents have the option of bringing worn out flags to four collection boxes created by Chatham Township Eagle Scout Collin Goldbach and maintained by the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority.
The goal is to make it more convenient to dispose of old and worn flags. The red boxes are located at:
In 2018, Goldbach, in coordination with the Morris County MUAy, designed and built the bright red American Flag disposal boxes to call attention to proper methods of discarding worn Stars n’ Stripes. The program is managed by MCMUA Assistant Operations Manager Michael Nunn, a U.S. Marine and former Morris County Sheriff’s Officer.
For more information on flag disposal, check out the following sites: