Christmas Tree Disposal: At the dog park?

12/23/2010 Update:

City Cutting Corners AGAIN!

For those looking to ditch their Christmas Trees , disposal will begin as soon as the day after Christmas (this Sunday) – and is considered “regular garbage” (as 411 pointed out previously).

However, according to the city of Hoboken, they’re supposedly trying to skimp on regular scheduled dog-park maintenance (i.e., replacing the gravel that is desperately needed) – and want to turn your used Xmas Trees into MULCH for dog runs. Apparently, they want to start with Church Square Park.

I believe this is a bad idea. A very bad idea. And to double-check my prognosis – I asked local dog guru Mike Stigliano from Hoboken Unleashed for his viewpoint.

Strongly advise against mulch for dog parks!

Stigliano was alarmed when he heard about the latest city endeavor and said:

“While wood chips may seem like a good idea, after being in the dog care business for four years I can assure you it is NOT for the following reasons:

  1. Dogs like to eat and chew on wood. The chips thus become a choking hazard like Lego’s to a 1 year old.
  2. The chips will absorb urine and fecal bacteria and then get picked up in the dogs mouths. This will easily spread giardia and other intesinal parasites between dogs.
  3. It is very hard to see brown feces on brown wood chips especially at night. There will surely be a lot of poop mixed in with the chips adding health risks to the dogs, and it will get stuck to their paws and peoples shoes.
  4. The layer of urine soaked wood chips will be a haven to fleas and gnats once spring gets here. Most dogs roll around and play at the dog park and will very likely rub against the fleas or larva.

We have spent years researching through national and local pet care conferences and trade shows and have found the best materials and designs to use in dog runs. We are going to use these at our new pet resort at 1714 Willow Avenue.

I have offered to donate the funds on behalf of Hoboken Unleashed to the City to properly renovate the dog park with the correct sanitary, and eco-friendly materials, as a way of giving back to the community.

I have not received a response back from the City.

I can’t see why they would not want to properly improve the quality of life for the pet owners in town and the residents who use the park in general, at no expense to the taxpayers.”

Great effort, Mike! Seems like a win-win for the city – hopefully their common sense makes a comeback!

See previous Xmas Tree Disposal updates after the jump…

Special rules for Xmas Tree refuse?

1/2/2010:

Each year I get asked the same question – and totally forget what the answer is…

Hoboken Christmas Tree Disposal Garbage

If you’ve been walking around Hoboken the past couple days – you’ll notice 100’s of old Christmas trees lining the sidewalks. However, some residents are concerned about not placing improper refuse on the sidewalk for fears of getting summonsed by the City.

Well, since the City doesn’t offer any special notification about said refuse – we’ll have to use our own judgment.

My best guess is that Christmas trees are considered regular garbage (since non-metal furniture i.e., dresser drawers, etc.,) and are allowed on those days. So unless someone thinks or knows differently – it appears that Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday are the days.

Either way, place garbage or trees in front of your home at your own risk – Hoboken411 holds no responsibility for any tickets you may get!

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15 Comments on "Christmas Tree Disposal: At the dog park?"

Kaiser Sosay
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Kaiser Sosay

also without proper drainage one heavy rain storm you will have floating wood chips as oppose to floating gravel,either way it will continue to be a mess

matt1122
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matt1122

If the city really intends to use wood chips, it’s just a fantastic demonstration of the fact that they lack the knowledge necessary to do their job properly. As the post above has already pointed out, wood chips are a great home for bacteria, bugs, and camouflaged feces. Furthermore, if chips are used it adds the risk of splinters and causing damage to the dogs footpads if a dog steps on a chip the wrong way. Pine sap and pesticides which may have been used on the trees aren’t healthy, either. Recycling trees originally used for another purpose is not the same as using fresh mulch or wood chips intended for use in a dog park or other landscaped area. Chewing the chips isn’t only a choking hazard, but is also a poison hazard and the act of urinating on the chips could release harmful toxins into the air as well.

john14
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john14

If Unleashed is willing to donate the material, the city should embrace that gesture. But I have a feeling there is bad blood between them from the garage screwup, and the Zimmer administration will even turn their backs on any situation that makes Unleashed look good. Shame on them.

Friedupright
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Friedupright

Seriously. This needs to be explored further. Bad blood or not, money is money and if Mike is willing to donate money to properly rennovate the dog runs, the city should absolutely jump on this. Where is the Hoboken Dog Association in all of this? Shouldn’t they be joining in and pushing this along? Is the Elysian dog run in the second ward? Grab hold of the council person and get this done. [quote comment=”201150″]If Unleashed is willing to donate the material, the city should embrace that gesture. But I have a feeling there is bad blood between them from the garage screwup, and the Zimmer administration will even turn their backs on any situation that makes Unleashed look good. Shame on them.[/quote]

SweetPea
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SweetPea

Hoboken411: For next year. http://www.hobokennj.org/news/christmas-tree-disposal/
I found it while printing out the recycling poster for my building.

SweetPea
Member
SweetPea

Just an FYI, all the trees were gone this morning. Perhaps that means that they pick them up on regular garbage nights. Again, just a guess.

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