Waste Management in Hoboken – Hopeless?

Waste Management: Budget Cuts are “Costing” Hoboken

What do you think of this “Waste Management” editorial by a Hoboken resident? Is it legitimate? Or just blown smoke?

Regardless of your opinion… it is apparent that certain city “features” suffer along with the economy. Wonder what other “essential” city services will fall by the wayside… and more importantly – WHY?

Hoboken NJ Garbage so what waste management do we have

Can the city of Hoboken, NJ hand simple garbage pickup?

Health and Environmental Service Committee of the City of Hoboken:

This morning I noticed several people on the way to work dumping full size garbage bags into the public litter cans along Washington Street. One guy, was even carrying his garbage with one hand while bicycling on the sidewalk! As he passed the public can with his huge bag of garbage, he nonchalantly dropped his load into the corner can.

I have lived in this town many years and never, until now, have I borne witness to this bold behavior. Perplexed, I viewed the Hoboken garbage and recycling pick-up schedule. Careful examination showed that the two day Monday-Tuesday no garbage pick-up stretch was due to cutting out a day of pickup.

For folks who miss the Sunday pick-up, because they are busy on the weekend or have other religious obligations, there is up to five full days of wet garbage build-up before the next pickup. By Monday, the accumulated weekend trash, plus the prospect of living with that garbage – plus three additional days of garbage – until the next garbage pickup raises the risk of resident dumping.

The City of Hoboken’s web site describes the responsibilities of Environmental Services as “orchestrating garbage and recycling collection”. It certainly appears that the conductor of this orchestra has not been provided with the resources to do the job. For this reason, I copy the Finance Committee of the City of Hoboken. I am aware Councilwoman Castellano objected to this cut, providing many sound arguments for why a $100,000 savings on sanitation was not adviseable. Councilman Russo also had several recommendations on cost cutting measures that could be explored given both the budget concerns, complaints regarding the outsourced contract and lack of response to the RFP.

Please consider the Duty of Care owed to the residents of the City of Hoboken for Essential Services. This is not the first time that Hoboken has failed in regard to Environmental Services causing buildup of filth on our streets and attracting a population of rats, opossums and crows. It is a trying position for a constituent to be placed in when Essential Public Health and Safety Services are not provided for.

Please let me know how the Council in conjunction with the City intends to rectify. As I await your reply, I remain,

Healthfully,

Melissa

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14 Comments on "Waste Management in Hoboken – Hopeless?"


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animal_lover
1 year 6 days ago

During the Roberts administration condos and home owners were fined for not handling their garbage properly. For instance, buildings with cardboard boxes and construction materials/junk stored behind gates and protruding on sidewalks were fined about $75 (I believe that was the amount).

This lack of trash management produces both a health hazard and terrible eye sore.
Why doesn’t the City fine now? It would appear the City feels that they have a successful money generating machine through the ticketing and towing and they want to stick with this “core” competency at generating revenue – the heck with health and well being!

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rhall1124
1 year 6 days ago

I don’t understand this comment

1) The city does still fine…my building has been fined for boxes/garbage that are too far out of the sidewalk (this seems to happen whenever anyone moves in/out of the building and there simply isn’t enough room).

2) There are constant complaints on this site of unnecessary parking tickets, so it seems like conflicting arguments to be against the enforcement of parking fines but for the enforcement of garbage fines.

3) The issue regards the lack of garbage removal. Advocating for fining while simultaneously complaining about lack of removal seems to be opposite ideologies. If the garbage is not being removed because the city reduced the # of pick-up days, why should the city also be fining home owners for the excess garbage that wouldn’t be there if the pick-ups were scheduled as they were in the past?[quote comment=”223697″]During the Roberts administration condos and home owners were fined for not handling their garbage properly. For instance, buildings with cardboard boxes and construction materials/junk stored behind gates and protruding on sidewalks were fined about $75 (I believe that was the amount).This lack of trash management produces both a health hazard and terrible eye sore. Why doesn’t the City fine now? It would appear the City feels that they have a successful money generating machine through the ticketing and towing and they want to stick with this “core” competency at generating revenue – the heck with health and well being![/quote]

Member
1 year 10 hours ago

We got a violation because a garbage can was left out past 9am once. [quote comment=”223705″]I don’t understand this comment1) The city does still fine…my building has been fined for boxes/garbage that are too far out of the sidewalk (this seems to happen whenever anyone moves in/out of the building and there simply isn’t enough room).2) There are constant complaints on this site of unnecessary parking tickets, so it seems like conflicting arguments to be against the enforcement of parking fines but for the enforcement of garbage fines.3) The issue regards the lack of garbage removal. Advocating for fining while simultaneously complaining about lack of removal seems to be opposite ideologies. If the garbage is not being removed because the city reduced the # of pick-up days, why should the city also be fining home owners for the excess garbage that wouldn’t be there if the pick-ups were scheduled as they were in the past?[/quote]

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animal_lover
11 months 26 days ago

Homeworld, was there anything special about yours? I was out at 11:00 AM walking and came across over a dozen garbage cans still on the sidewalks uptown. Pretty regular occurrence in my NE neighborhood.[quote comment=”223726″]We got a violation because a garbage can was left out past 9am once.[/quote]

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Chow
11 months 24 days ago

Did another person prove you wrong? [quote comment=”223756″]Homeworld, was there anything special about yours? I was out at 11:00 AM walking and came across over a dozen garbage cans still on the sidewalks uptown. Pretty regular occurrence in my NE neighborhood.[/quote]

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animal_lover
1 year 6 days ago

Rhall, there are no contradictions. Some refuse/garbage remains for days even with trash pickup. Not fining for trash is independent of the issue of other ordinances. However, the City has a responsibility to uphold the health of the community and it is myopic in the generation of revenues rather than its duties.

Glad to hear there have been fines in your neighborhood. In my neighborhood- uptown -heaps have remained for months.

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Chow
1 year 5 days ago

You make so much nonsense up it is utterly ridiculous. The City hands out fines all the time, but I am sure you don’t want facts to get in the way of your ranting.[quote comment=”223706″]Rhall, there are no contradictions. Some refuse/garbage remains for days even with trash pickup. Not fining for trash is independent of the issue of other ordinances. However, the City has a responsibility to uphold the health of the community and it is myopic in the generation of revenues rather than its duties.Glad to hear there have been fines in your neighborhood. In my neighborhood- uptown -heaps have remained for months.[/quote]

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animal_lover
1 year 4 days ago

Chow or rainbow sprinkles maybe ? You have no basis except to attack for what purpose?The pictures and numerous complaints are plenty evidence. Or perhaps you object to the City’s responsibilities to health and safety? Exactly what is your point – merely to attack baselessly? Maybe you are one of the Koolaid drinker? Do tell.[quote comment=”223712″]You make so much nonsense up it is utterly ridiculous. The City hands out fines all the time, but I am sure you don’t want facts to get in the way of your ranting.[/quote]

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Chow
1 year 2 days ago

Correct. Feel free to identify yourself.[quote comment=”223716″]Chow or rainbow sprinkles maybe ? You have no basis except to attack for what purpose?The pictures and numerous complaints are plenty evidence. Or perhaps you object to the City’s responsibilities to health and safety? Exactly what is your point – merely to attack baselessly? Maybe you are one of the Koolaid drinker? Do tell.[/quote]

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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
1 year 1 day ago

we should go to 5-6 day curbside trash/recycling collection with no outside storage of trash allowed except with special permit.

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animal_lover
11 months 21 days ago

Chow chow still having problems processing the simplest of logic.

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joey maxim
11 months 21 days ago

hey animal lover…is about revenue…after 9pm garbage trash should be by the curb.use to be metal such as a/c s stoves such ..dont know what the hell there up too..logic is this is the situation as it stands..unfair fair .who knows..the wet garbage is out sourced.. the more development the more problems..hope for a solution…city too small to accomidate the influx…of transits and home owners…one day at a time…[quote comment=”223780″]Chow chow still having problems processing the simplest of logic.[/quote]

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joey maxim
11 months 21 days ago

ment to say was told metal on wednsdays? maybe it changed…[quote comment=”223784″]hey animal lover…is about revenue…after 9pm garbage trash should be by the curb.use to be metal such as a/c s stoves such ..dont know what the hell there up too..logic is this is the situation as it stands..unfair fair .who knows..the wet garbage is out sourced.. the more development the more problems..hope for a solution…city too small to accomidate the influx…of transits and home owners…one day at a time…[/quote]

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Sphynx
11 months 19 days ago

Residential
Sun: Garbage
Mon: Recycling & E-Waste – Mixed Glass, Cans, Plastic, Paper, Cardboard
Tue: No Collection
Wed: Garbage
Thu: Recycling & E-Waste – Mixed Glass, Cans, Plastic, Paper, Cardboard
Fri: Garbage
Sat: No Collection