Hudson County Garbage Monitor!

Why do we need a “Recycling Compliance” Officer?

Below is a photo of a Hudson County Recycling Compliance vehicle. Apparently recycling is so damn important now, they need a trash-bin monitor to make sure everyone throws things out correctly. To make throwing out garbage this complicated, is disturbing to me. There has to be a better way.

Hudson County Recycling Compliance Officer

Improved garbage scenario: Win – Win!

My ideal solution is this:

  1. Stop making residents responsible for sorting garbage. Life is busy enough to need to worry about which damn bin to put your rubbish. Make all trash pickup “anything and everything.”
  2. Reduce government bloat by eliminating “garbage compliance officers.” Total waste of time and resources, plus residents will have more money to put back into the local economy if they don’t have to pay stiff fines because they forgot to take the cap off the Fresca bottle.
  3. Next: Build some really low-income housing near the dumps and landfills.
  4. Give the homeless guys (who already go trash picking) a place to live. Let THEM sort through the garbage to pick out the good stuff to re-sell on the market. Re-assign the hardly-used Hoboken Hop buses to transport the guys back and forth where they need to go. The shuttles will finally become useful to someone…
  5. Rejoice!

I’m a strong supporter of reducing the rules and regulations out there these days. Society in general cannot sustain the added controls, penalties and frustrating ways the government and other agencies are trying to shape human behavior. It can’t go on like this forever.

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6 Comments on "Hudson County Garbage Monitor!"

njwastepatrol
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njwastepatrol
That vehicle belongs to the Hudson County Improvement Authority “HCIA”. HCIA basically makes sure that waste companies follow “flow control” laws. In NJ, counties can chose to be “open” where waste can be brought to any legal disposal site, or “flow controlled”, where the county directs (and sets the price) for waste disposal. Our neighbor Bergen County is open, and companies / towns can legally dispose of waste for as little as $60 / ton. (The price fluctuates as dumps and transfer stations compete for business from haulers.) Hudson County mandates that all waste generated (whether it be household or business) be disposed of at DART in Newark. The price? $97 per ton and rising. Why so high? Very simple – the County gets a huge cut of that fee. It uses the “guaranteed” money they have secured by their monopoly on trash to float bonds to cover various County expenses (such as the fleet of vehicles the HCIA needs to ensure they can milk every dollar out of every pound of garbage generated in the county). Every citizen, every town and city, and every business in Hudson County pays at least 30% more to dispose of waste than need be. In fact, if Hudson were an open County, prices would no doubt drop even more due to the competition by the transfer stations to gain a piece of the extra tonnage. I would encourage the author of this piece to OPRA request the amount of tons disposed of by… Read more »
fern
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fern
I believe that everything you say is true and I, being a radical myself, would rather have lower taxes than pay for more government workers riding around in new cars at my expensive. But your comment regarding small businesses does not hold true in Hoboken. Most small businesses here do not pay property taxes, they pay rent, and there is not always a correlation between the two. All businesses in Hoboken, including bars and restaurants have their garbage and their recycling removed for free by the city at the expense of the taxpayer. Maybe an even more radical move would be to have the city charge everyone, home owners, renters and businesses on a consumption basis, then we would have a real job for the Garbage Cops to do. [quote comment=”209693″]That vehicle belongs to the Hudson County Improvement Authority “HCIA”.HCIA basically makes sure that waste companies follow “flow control” laws.In NJ, counties can chose to be “open” where waste can be brought to any legal disposal site, or “flow controlled”, where the county directs (and sets the price) for waste disposal.Our neighbor Bergen County is open, and companies / towns can legally dispose of waste for as little as $60 / ton. (The price fluctuates as dumps and transfer stations compete for business from haulers.)Hudson County mandates that all waste generated (whether it be household or business) be disposed of at DART in Newark. The price? $97 per ton and rising.Why so high? Very simple – the County gets a… Read more »
njwastepatrol
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njwastepatrol

Some businesses do pay for their own waste removal – if you see any type of waste container with a name other than “Cali” on it, that means they are paying their own.[quote comment=”209695″]I believe that everything you say is true and I, being a radical myself, would rather have lower taxes than pay for more government workers riding around in new cars at my expensive. But your comment regarding small businesses does not hold true in Hoboken. Most small businesses here do not pay property taxes, they pay rent, and there is not always a correlation between the two. All businesses in Hoboken, including bars and restaurants have their garbage and their recycling removed for free by the city at the expense of the taxpayer. Maybe an even more radical move would be to have the city charge everyone, home owners, renters and businesses on a consumption basis, then we would have a real job for the Garbage Cops to do.[/quote]

LobstaGirl
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LobstaGirl

Ok lets see. a NEW jeep $25k, gas to drive around every day 5 days a week $150, a employee salary to drive around $45k ( min )…….And how much revenue is brought in by this “Official”……Now there is a wise use of money

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

lobster girl no pun intended..Don’t know if it’s still in effect but the deal was garbage barges were towed south on the hudson river 10 to 20 miles out to see..Later med supplys needles etc washed up on the jersey sea shore a few years back..the key is do they really go 20 miles out and if its still in effect? No pun but never eat lobster or crabs after that. At one time garbage was burned..Now we have to go green..That county job garbage jobi is a joke..Plastic bottles not a good idea..Years ago refund on glass bottles and they were cleaned and reused..on store shelves..BTW who got the garbage monitor job?[quote comment=”209691″]Ok lets see. a NEW jeep $25k, gas to drive around every day 5 days a week $150, a employee salary to drive around $45k ( min )…….And how much revenue is brought in by this “Official”……Now there is a wise use of money[/quote]

john14
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john14

Anything to justify high taxes and more crony jobs!

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