Recycling at Arts Festival
Some “green news” for you today!
First Time Ever: Recycling at the Arts/Music Festival
When you last visited the Arts and Music Festival and saw the trash cans overflowing with a mixture of trash, plastic bottles and aluminum cans you may have wondered: why doesn’t Hoboken recycle? Why is everything combined, put in one truck and taken off to the landfill? Ask no longer. It’s going to be different this time with much help from the kids of Hoboken.
On Sunday, September 27, 2009, at the Fall Arts and Music Festival, 28 Hoboken boys and girls clad in bright green T-shirts sporting the recycling logo will be on Washington Street to guide you in the disposal of recyclables. They will be stationed near the recycling- logo decorated trash cans to be found on every block from Newark to 7th Streets. These kids know how to ID recyclable plastic (do you?). They will guide you to the proper trash receptacle. The city is, of course, participating. Instead of trucks coming by and combining everything, as was done in the past, the recyclables will be picked up separately. Glass, cans, and plastic will be collected and sent for separation and recycling: everything else goes to the land fill.
The young people are front-and-center in this effort as members of the Save the Youth Academy , an after-school program that focuses on life skills through the medium of hip hop. It is directed by Luis Acavedo and housed in the Boys and Girls clubhouse on Jefferson Street. The Arts Festival activity is part of an environmental awareness program initiated by the Quality of Life Coalition’s Committee for a Green Hoboken under the direction of Jason Tecza and Patricia Samperi.
Look for the kids encouraging recycling and for the trash cans with the recycling logo. Also stop by the Quality of Life/Committee for a Green Hoboken booth to test YOUR knowledge of how and what to recycle.
This is another step toward making Hoboken a truly green city!