New Blue Recycling Bins in Hoboken

Perhaps plastic bags SHOULD be allowed in Hoboken!

As many of you already know – not only has Hoboken begun the experiment of “single stream” recycling each week, they’ve also added many blue recycling containers on the streets (albeit in strange places).

A few residents pointed out the latest hypocrisy out of City Hall. They mentioned that the city says that the recyclables are NOT to be put in bags, but rather directly into the bin (like having sex without a condom!)

However, we all know how sticky and messy that becomes, attracting all sorts of bugs, bees, and centipedes!

We’re guessing that the city feels the same way – and it clearly shows, by the plastic bags in THEIR OWN recycling bins!

Nice try – but we need more regular trash bins in Hoboken, too!

7/14/2011:

One of the complaints from residents near the top of the list over the past 5 years is: “Not enough trash bins” around town.

However, the City of Hoboken recently rolled out all these blue “recycling” bins at street corners all over the place. But if you look closely, and despite the small opening – along with the words “bottles and cans” on top – people don’t seem to care much. They’ll throw absolutely anything in these bins (due to the lack of regular bins).

And from what I was told, I believe that for this wacky “single stream” recycling program Hoboken is in – the city gets penalized for every ton of “unauthorized” refuse that gets carted off in the process. So the recycling company will be glad to take this stuff away!

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11 Comments on "New Blue Recycling Bins in Hoboken"

hobokenj
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hobokenj

To play devils advocate here. Just cause they have bags on the street to protect against bugs and smells, doesnt mean that when it is picked up it is not removed from the bag before it goes to recycling center. In taht ase they wouldnt be breaking there own rules.

mooshu
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mooshu

Yeah, I was thinking along the same lines. Maybe a plastic liner is used to prevent leakage. We know how pitifully gross and lazy people can be while ridding of their garbage. And these cans have holes in them which allow all sorts of contents to seep through them. Blech.

[quote comment=”209106″]To play devils advocate here. Just cause they have bags on the street to protect against bugs and smells, doesnt mean that when it is picked up it is not removed from the bag before it goes to recycling center. In taht ase they wouldnt be breaking there own rules.[/quote]

Journey
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Journey

new2hoboken,

Hoboken-Recycle-Flyer

new2hoboken
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new2hoboken

i actually DON’T know the new recycling program. Someone have the info? Is that why my cardboard didn’t get picked up last thurs?

elainetyger
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elainetyger

I got the blue can but hardly ever use it because we don’t have that much trash; it all usually goes in a paper bag. I keep the cans turned upside down when not in use to avoid people using them for gross stuff whose residues will attract flies.

Stamper
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Stamper

The city gets less revenue from the single stream recycling program if there are plastic bags mixed in it, but generally should make more revenue if there’s more recycling occurring.

Now that you can throw anything plastic, glass, or paper into your recycling can it’s only natural recycling should increase.

What’s “wacky” about it? I like being able to put my recyclables out twice a week.

4th Ward Guardian
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4th Ward Guardian
The next Mayor will go back to the old system. Single stream is the brainchild of some uptown do-gooders who put on green cocktail parties the Mayor and her suckups go to. There’s no savings here. Don’t believe the hype. When it comes to paper and cardboard single stream is a scam. The paper gets encrusted with broken glass and other gook making it poor quality for recycling. Hoboken will be paid less for the paper it recycles and get charged back for poor quality. The trucks have to travel much further to go to a single stream facility that isn’t even open at night! The amount of wasted energy and added pollution outweighs the benefits. Single stream is a suburban system that doesn’t work as well in urban multi-family areas like Hoboken. Many apartment buildings aren’t following the new procedures. All sorts of junk are getting mixed into the stream including bags in spite of the new rules that say no bags. Hoboken taxpayers are getting charged back for all of it. You know why the Mayor really agreed to it? Because soon there will be compliance inspectors hired (patronage) and put on the streets checking cans and issuing tickets for a brand new revenue stream. If you like the Parking Utility you’ll love the recycling fines. It’ll be like the HPU meets Goodfellas at your garbage can. Got bags in your recycling can? Zimmer says, “F— you! Pay me!” Somebody put dog s— in your can? Zimmer says,… Read more »
Hoboken1954A
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Hoboken1954A
Every Voter needs to remember to say the same to Mayor Zimmer come Election Day![quote comment=”208746″]The next Mayor will go back to the old system. Single stream is the brainchild of some uptown do-gooders who put on green cocktail parties the Mayor and her suckups go to. There’s no savings here. Don’t believe the hype. When it comes to paper and cardboard single stream is a scam. The paper gets encrusted with broken glass and other gook making it poor quality for recycling. Hoboken will be paid less for the paper it recycles and get charged back for poor quality.The trucks have to travel much further to go to a single stream facility that isn’t even open at night! The amount of wasted energy and added pollution outweighs the benefits. Single stream is a suburban system that doesn’t work as well in urban multi-family areas like Hoboken. Many apartment buildings aren’t following the new procedures. All sorts of junk are getting mixed into the stream including bags in spite of the new rules that say no bags. Hoboken taxpayers are getting charged back for all of it.You know why the Mayor really agreed to it? Because soon there will be compliance inspectors hired (patronage) and put on the streets checking cans and issuing tickets for a brand new revenue stream. If you like the Parking Utility you’ll love the recycling fines. It’ll be like the HPU meets Goodfellas at your garbage can.Got bags in your recycling can? Zimmer says, “F—… Read more »
IAmTheLaw
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IAmTheLaw
My building has already been fined under the new system because the blue recycling buckets keep disappearing from the front of my building, and people just dump their recycling in the trash bins instead. What are we supposed to do now with all the plastic bags that accumulate from shopping at the various stores in town? Also, I’ve seen plenty of trash cans in downtown and urban areas without a matching recycling can, but never the other way around. You see one can by itself on the corner of a sidewalk, the automatic assumption is that it’s a trash can. I seriously doubt people are going to stop and inspect the side of the can for directions. How do we go about voting away this stupidity? [quote comment=”208746″]The next Mayor will go back to the old system. Single stream is the brainchild of some uptown do-gooders who put on green cocktail parties the Mayor and her suckups go to. There’s no savings here. Don’t believe the hype. When it comes to paper and cardboard single stream is a scam. The paper gets encrusted with broken glass and other gook making it poor quality for recycling. Hoboken will be paid less for the paper it recycles and get charged back for poor quality.The trucks have to travel much further to go to a single stream facility that isn’t even open at night! The amount of wasted energy and added pollution outweighs the benefits. Single stream is a suburban system that doesn’t… Read more »
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