Talking Trash about Hoboken
Back in May, Hoboken411 reader “Litterboken” had a rant about garbage cans in Hoboken, their locations and quantity.
Today’s “Trash Receptacle Reader Mail” segment is about the new cans they’ve wasted money on in place of perfectly good cans!
They find money in the budget for garbage
“Has Hoboken doled out funds for new garbage cans? it would be nice if they were spending money on garbage cans in new locations… except I haven’t spotted any extras. Saw this ‘replacement can’ on 1st & Adams… (the receptacle prior to this one- the giant metal black can- was perfectly acceptable!)
See the original trashy update after the jump…
Here is today’s reader mail segment on Hoboken411.
It has to do with the rubbish we have laying around, in addition to quantifying whether we have a sufficient number of trash receptacles in Hoboken.
Finally did this morning what I have been meaning to do for a long
time: count the number of garbage cans in the city. We used to have one on 3rd and Hudson, but it disappeared, and it got me noticing how few there are in certain areas of this city. Attached is a map of my findings.
GOOD things: there are multiple cans on every intersection of Washington. Many back by the high-rises on Jackson, and the areas from 11th-13th between Willow and Grand have abundant cans. Willow itself is quite well-populated, relatively, with about 9 the length of it. Also, there are at least a dozen in the waterfront Shipyard area, as well as along Sinatra Drive. And the parks themselves have plenty of cans, so kudos to the Parks dept.
BAD things: only one can on Bloomfield, at 1st. None on Garden. Only 5 on Hudson, 3 of those on 1st, one on Newark, one on 4th. Only 3 on Park, these all on 1st. There are huge swaths of very populated areas with none. Many of the places lots of people walk daily have none.
Maybe people think the number of cans is enough, but no one can deny that litter is a big problem here. Maybe having more cans will help lessen the littering, or even perhaps the same number of cans should be spread around to cover more ground. Can this city think about managing this issue better? Yes. I’ll paraphrase from a great book, NUDGE by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein: “There is no such thing as a “neutral” design. Seemingly arbitrary decisions will have subtle influences on how people act. Designers should make life as easy as possible.” If the city planners of Hoboken make it easier for people to throw their trash in a proper receptacle, isn’t this a good first step?”
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