Reader Mail: Mario’s Pizza Trash

5/7/2008:

Hey, I’ve always been a fan of Mario’s Pizza. They’re Yankees fans, and the pizza is pretty damn good. So no complaints from me!

However, this reader chimes in with a situation that reminds me of the yucky sidewalk garbage that Garden of Eden had (and subsequently took care of – and apologized for).

Disgusting Situation at Mario’s!

“Dear Hoboken411,

As usual when all else fails the only place to go is to hoboken411. Over the last couple of months my neighbors and I have been dealing with a SERIOUS sanitation and health code problem with Mario’s Classic Pizza located at 742 Garden Street (Hoboken). The issue started when some of the area residents had noticed an increase in mice activity as well as on several occasions’ rats (which I have not seen in years in this part of town until this problem began). Mario’s Classic Pizza’s owner Mario Albunia has a careless disregard for his neighbors and violates both the City of Hoboken’s Sanitation and Health Code Laws DAILY! Take a look at the photos and see for yourself how utterly disgusting this issue is and nothing is ever done about it even though numerous complaints have been made.

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Mixed paper, boxes, and cardboard are to be thrown out every Thursday night after 9pm and broken down as well as tied with twine. Glass, cans, and plastic are to be bagged and placed in bins and put out every Tuesday night after 9pm and this is not the case! In addition the trash in question is to be kept in the cellar and placed out on garbage nights in an orderly fashion that is sanitary to the area and sidewalk. As you can see from the photos this is absolutely outrageous and a DAILY PRACTICE of Mario’s.

Aside from the just tossed about trash (which impedes pedestrian traffic); the sidewalk is filled with a quarter inch of oil and grease and reeks of death at times with hundreds of flies swarming about. The sidewalk has never been hosed down or cleaned in months. The black 50 gallon oil drum that sits outside is to be placed in the basement until it is filled and removed; being replaced with a new clean drum. And yet it remains on the sidewalk and has on several occasions been dumped into the sewer on the corner of 8th and Garden Street; usually late at night when it is to be picked up and recycled. Again, numerous complaints have gone out to both the Sanitation Inspectors Office as well as the Hoboken Health Department and no dice.

I guess if you throw around enough free Pizza to local politico’s and city workers and have a former Hoboken Mayor own part of your business it is A OK?”

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45 Comments on "Reader Mail: Mario’s Pizza Trash"


Litterboken
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Litterboken
8 years 4 months ago
[quote comment=”82044″][quote comment=”81861″]I’ll join Litterboken and Friedupright on a Clean Up Hoboken committee. I had an incident a few months ago with the street cleaner guy who does my block on Park. I saw that he had passed and noticed that the street was still littered with cig butts and other refuse. I ran him down and asked why he hadn’t picked up the cig butts. He claimed he was told not to and seemed generally clueless. I spoke to his supervisor. This morning same thing, this time he said he just got back from vacation and doesn’t “know what is going on”. Again, I’ve contacted his supervisor. So, this is one small example of what we are dealing with.[/quote] Sure, I’ll be honored to. How do I get on the agenda for the next council mtg, and when is it?[/quote] [quote comment=”82044″][quote comment=”81861″]I’ll join Litterboken and Friedupright on a Clean Up Hoboken committee. I had an incident a few months ago with the street cleaner guy who does my block on Park. I saw that he had passed and noticed that the street was still littered with cig butts and other refuse. I ran him down and asked why he hadn’t picked up the cig butts. He claimed he was told not to and seemed generally clueless. I spoke to his supervisor. This morning same thing, this time he said he just got back from vacation and doesn’t “know what is going on”. Again, I’ve contacted his supervisor. So,… Read more »
Litterboken
Member
Litterboken
8 years 4 months ago

[quote comment=”81861″]I’ll join Litterboken and Friedupright on a Clean Up Hoboken committee. I had an incident a few months ago with the street cleaner guy who does my block on Park. I saw that he had passed and noticed that the street was still littered with cig butts and other refuse. I ran him down and asked why he hadn’t picked up the cig butts. He claimed he was told not to and seemed generally clueless. I spoke to his supervisor. This morning same thing, this time he said he just got back from vacation and doesn’t “know what is going on”. Again, I’ve contacted his supervisor. So, this is one small example of what we are dealing with.[/quote]

Sure, I’ll be honored to. How do I get on the agenda for the next council mtg, and when is it?

Litterboken
Member
Litterboken
8 years 4 months ago

[quote comment=”81855″]It seems like such an easy problem to solve. Add some garbage cans around town. Are they really that expensive? This could also help solve some of the dog poop problems.[/quote]

that is the whole point of some of our rants. NO, they are not that expensive. And they have taken AWAY some of the cans they already had out there. This city is so illogical it boggles the mind!

a_siren
Member
8 years 4 months ago

[quote comment=”81852″]Did anyone ever think that maybe a racoon did it? Believe it or not, there are racoons in town. I saw one near Park & 13th last year scampering up a tree late at night. He looked fat & happy. Racoons are easily smart enough to know how to tip over garbage cans to get at “the goodies”.[/quote]
Or one of the many stray cats in Hoboken? I can’t tell you how many nights I come home late from work and I see stray cats ripping open garbage bags in search of food. I think it is criminal that Hoboken doesn’t have a contract with an animal welfare group to catch and otherwise handle the stray animals in town.

KenOn10
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KenOn10
8 years 4 months ago

Regarding loud music, I was at Mario’s when somebody called to complain about his music… Christmas carols, I think. It didn’t seem loud to me, but then I wasn’t trying to sleep. Anyway, Mario took the call politely and turned down the music. Where’s the beef?

I like the guy and think he makes good pizza. His trash area was neat last night!

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