Bayonne is switching to night-time pick-ups of recycling effective Tuesday, October 4, Mayor James Davis has announced.
The new schedule will cover cans and bottles and mixed paper and cardboard. The changes aims to make pick-ups more efficient by doing so during a time with less traffic.
“The major reason for the change is that night-time traffic is lighter than morning traffic,” Davis said. “The recycling trucks will have an easier time getting around without commuter vehicles and school buses on the city streets at the same time. It will be easier to identify missed pick-ups, if they are still on the streets in the morning.”
Bayonne’s existing three zones for garbage and recycling will remain the same. Zone 1 runs from 1st Street to 16th Street, including Broadway, Trembley Court, and Country Village Court. Zone 2 runs from 16th Street to 32nd Street, including Broadway, Avenue F, West Drive, East Court, and Centre Lane. Zone 3 runs from 32nd Street to 63rd Street, including Broadway, Sycamore Road, Colonial Drive, and Harbour Pointe.
Zone 1 recycling will take place on Tuesday nights, beginning on October 4. Zone 2 recycling will take place on Wednesday nights, beginning on October 5. Zone 3 recycling will take place on Thursday nights, beginning on October 6.
All of the recycling pick-ups for cans and bottles and mixed paper and cardboard will take place during the night-time hours. There will be no more daytime pick-ups of these items after October 1.
“If you already put out your recycling at night, the only difference will be the time it is picked up,” Public Works Director Tom Cotter said.
Night-time pick-ups start in October
Recycling can be put out as early as 3 p.m. for that night’s pick-up. Residents will be encouraged to set out their recycling by 5 p.m. on those nights. Recycling pick-ups will take place from 9 p.m. onwards into the night until that night’s zone is completed.
Cans and bottles must be free of food matter before being set out for pick-up. Residents are asked to clean and rinse cans and bottles first before adding them to your recycling. Also, remove labels from all cans and bottles. The recycling company can reject items that contain food matter or labels
For the can and bottle collection, residents are encouraged to use see-through or blue plastic recycling bags instead of barrels. Tie up the recycling bags. These bags will cause less noise and messiness than the barrels do. Resident are asked to not use ordinary plastic shopping bags to recycle cans and bottles, because they will not be picked up. Only clear plastic or blue recycling bags should be used for cans and bottles.
The mixed paper and cardboard recycling must be bundled and secured, so that it does not blow around. Paper and cardboard should never be put in plastic recycling bags, because they will not be picked up.
According to the city, never place the following items in your recycling containers: plastic bags and wrappers, soiled paper, Styrofoam, clothing, shoes, pizza boxes, tools, food, toys, batteries, construction waste, medical items, yard waste, or diapers.
Electronic waste (e-waste) recycling, including televisions and all other electronics, are picked up Monday to Friday by appointment only. Call 201-858-6099 the day before pick-up. For Monday pick-ups, call the previous Friday.
Scrap metal pick-up takes place only on Tuesdays. Call in advance at 201-858-6099. For any question or concerns, dial either 201-858-6099 or 201-858-6131.
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