Christmas Tree Disposal: At the dog park?
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:
- Dogs like to eat and chew on wood. The chips thus become a choking hazard like Lego’s to a 1 year old.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
Each year I get asked the same question – and totally forget what the answer is…
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!