Recycling & Waste - 1/10/2017 10:03:00 AM
Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne has acquired forty new blue and green recycling containers for use at City Hall. Making use of a Clean Communities Grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the Bayonne Department of Public Works purchased twenty containers for paper, and twenty for cans and bottles. During the first week of January, Public Works employees placed the new containers in various hallways and offices in civilian departments, the Police Department, and the Fire Department. The forty new recycling containers have replaced a much smaller number of recycling barrels for cans and bottles that the City had acquired in the 1990’s. Until now, City Hall maintenance personnel have often had to separate recyclable items by hand from regular garbage. The City Administration’s goal is to keep cans, bottles, and paper out of the same waste stream as regular garbage. Mayor Davis said, “The purpose behind acquiring the new containers is to enhance our recycling efforts. By recycling more goods, we can decrease the number of items going into expensive landfills.”
After evaluating the usage of the new recycling containers, the City of Bayonne may purchase additional ones in the future.
The purchase of the first round of new recycling containers has cost the City about $4,000 of the total of $121,435.27 in Clean Communities funding. These grants help municipalities and counties conduct a variety of anti-litter activities.
The City of Bayonne has used the current Clean Communities grant for trash receptacles, leaf bags, equipment, work gloves, clean-ups, summer seasonal workers, and related administrative costs. Clean Communities funds also assist monthly clean-ups by the Bayonne Nature Club and the annual Clean Shores program, in which state prisoners remove debris from Bayonne’s shorelines.
Clean Communities grants are funded by a legislated user fee on manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors that produce litter-generating products. Disbursements to municipalities are based on the number of housing units and miles of municipally owned roadways within each municipality. The housing unit information is from the U.S. Census. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) provided the road mileage for Bayonne to the NJDEP.
Activities funded by Clean Communities grants across the state include clean-ups of stormwater systems that can disperse trash into streams, rivers, and bays; beach clean-ups; public information and education campaigns; and purchases of litter collection equipment such as receptacles, recycling bins, anti-litter signs, and graffiti removal supplies.
The State of New Jersey created the Clean Communities Program in 1986.