Menu overload: What to do

5/6/2008:

Another Reader Mail comes from Hoboken411 reader “Litterboken.”

She outlines some steps you can take to stop the influx of menus that clutter your lobby or common area in your building.

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Stop with the menus!

“Here is a small step we citizens can all take towards both keeping our streets cleaner and providing some income for the city.

First, people should be aware that the city offers these bright yellow stickers for your doors. They read, “No Advertisements- City of Hoboken- Ord# 111-45”. I am sure you can call the city and have them mail you one. City Hall # is 201-420-2000, or call the office of Environmental Services directly at 201-420-2049.

However, I think this info applies to any citizen, regardless of having the sticker or not.

Should a restaurants/car services/cleaning services, etc. leave menus or business cards or whatever, in your lobby, and you don’t want them, you can have the city ticket the offenders. Just collect and mail the ads into:

Mr. James Ronga
Environmental Services
94 Washington street
Hoboken NJ 07030

My thanks to the efficient and pleasant Constituent Representative Sandra Ramos for her help!

I don’t know how much the ticket is. It’s more the principle of the thing. I get menus from a certain Japanese restaurant a few times a week. I am certain if they weren’t so persistent in their littering I’d probably pay little mind. But too much! Basta! Just because someone is the building orders food from you, or the lobby door is unlocked, doesn’t give you the right to litter the place up!”

Sincerely,

Litterboken

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11 Comments on "Menu overload: What to do"

hobokenj
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hobokenj

[quote comment=”81506″]Also, I did speak to Mr. Ronga once, and he said that if you go ahead and send the menus to his attention, you need to include a note saying the address where the menu was left, and the day and time. They can’t ticket the establishment without that information. He also expressed some frustration, which sounded genuine to me–he said that they do ticket some of these places quite often but they consider it part of the cost of doing business and they just absorb the fines.[/quote]

Here is a crazy idea, raise the fine to make it not an efficient cost of doing business………

Katie_Scarlett
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[quote comment=”81949″]I talked with Mr. Ronga today, and he informed me that in buildings with more than two units, all of the tenants/owners must sign a paper stating that they do not wish to receive menus in order for a summons to be issued to the offending business. This is in addition to affixing the yellow “No Advertisements” sign. Once the signature paper is sent to Mr. Ronga, he is able to start issuing summons for each complaint.[/quote]
So basically if you live in any of the big luxury buildings, you’re SCREWED ! ! !

KB
Member

I talked with Mr. Ronga today, and he informed me that in buildings with more than two units, all of the tenants/owners must sign a paper stating that they do not wish to receive menus in order for a summons to be issued to the offending business. This is in addition to affixing the yellow “No Advertisements” sign. Once the signature paper is sent to Mr. Ronga, he is able to start issuing summons for each complaint.

Litterboken
Member
Litterboken

I like both ideas, but think Roberts should get the pleasure. A grassroots campaign is what we need.

bornandrazedinhobo
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bornandrazedinhobo
[quote comment=”81501″][quote comment=”81306″]Menu’s, Menu’s, Menu’s,… I’ve been there and done that a dozen times absolutely nothing can be done about the problem to stop it! I’ve discussed this with every arm of the city and although several laws are broken no one will go down for the problem. Ah, you break my pathetically hopeful heart. Couple of questions for you BNR: has government ever been good here in our Mile Square, when is the next election, and is there any hope?[/quote] Gov’t was much better before Russo got into office. From there EVERYTHING went down hill and EVERY politicians pockets grew fatter! There is always hope, and things seem to be changing. Face it, Campos is OUT, Labruno is OUT, people are scared and what we NEED to do is VOTE and SPEAK OUT OFTEN! [quote comment=”81504″]Here’s what I’ve been doing lately. Since the city and Mr. Ronga seem powerless to do anything about this litter problem, I wait till I’ve received a handful of menus and then I put them all in a manila envelope and send them to Mayor David Roberts, c/o City Hall. I realize that there’s no way they will ever actually get into his hands, but if his secretary, or whoever opens his mail, is besieged with hundreds of menus every week, you can bet the city will find a way to crack down. Sometimes I even attach a post-it note for the mayor suggesting some dishes he might like.[/quote] Outstanding idead…you will get results… Read more »
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