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April, 2014

New Garbage & Recycling Collection Schedule To Take Effect Sunday, May 11

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Starting on Sunday, May 11, 2014, the City of Hoboken will have a new garbage and recycling collection schedule. Garbage will be picked up on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while recycling collection will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. 

The new schedule shifts a recycling day from Tuesday to Monday, more evenly spreading out recycling collection. The schedule eliminates the Monday garbage pickup, which was previously the lowest volume day since it immediately followed garbage pickup on Sunday. Collection of electronic waste such as computers and televisions has been expanded to Mondays and Thursdays. The schedule change will also result in $100,000 in yearly savings. 

A flyer with the updated schedule is available for downloading and printing from the City website: www.hobokennj.org/docs/env/GarbageRecyclingSchedule.pdf

Residents are reminded that garbage and recyclables are to be placed curbside in a covered container after 7:30 pm (9:00 pm along Washington Street) on the corresponding day. Recyclables are not to be put in plastic bags, and no waste should be placed curbside on Tuesdays or Saturdays. 

Likewise, for businesses and residents in the limited business area, garbage collection is being eliminated on Tuesdays and single stream recycling is being moved from Tuesdays to Mondays. Garbage pickup will continue on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Paper and cardboard pickup will also continue on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Single stream recycling will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. 

In 2011, the City of Hoboken switched to single stream recycling which allows for all recyclables – paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, etc. – to be mixed together within the same container. There is no need to sort materials. Because plastic bags cause problems with the automated facility that sorts the various materials, recyclables should be placed directly in a container and not inside plastic bags. 

Non-metal household furniture and mattresses can be placed on the curb for pickup on Sundays, Wednesdays and Friday evenings. Garden and yard waste as well as metal furniture (file cabinets, desks, bed frames, etc) and appliances can be placed curbside on Thursday evenings. Remove doors from refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves. Hot water heaters, air conditioners and small metal appliances are also accepted. 

No hazardous waste (paint, varnish, turpentine, pesticide, etc) should be disposed at the curb. For hazardous waste disposal information, call 1-800-540-0987.

Flash Flood Watch in Effect & Discounted Garage Parking Available

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. Heavy rain and rainfall totals of 3 to 4 inches or more are currently forecast, with the potential for widespread flooding in urban areas. 

The City of Hoboken is taking preparations including pre-positioning barricades to close streets as necessary. 

Residents are advised to closely monitor forecasts and make appropriate preparations, including moving their vehicles from flood-prone streets. If heavy rain beyond the capacity of Hoboken’s flood pump occurs during high tide, flooding is expected. 

Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets), Garage D (215 Hudson Street), and Midtown Garage (371 4th Street) beginning Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm through 8am on Thursday, May 1 for $5 for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard. 

Garage parking space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. When discounted parking is offered, garages frequently fill before the start of the discount period. Residents who wish to park in the garage outside of the discounted hours will be charged the regular garage fees during non-discount hours. 

A map of flood-prone areas and additional information is available on the City website:www.hobokennj.org/flooding.

Public Invited to Community Meeting for Washington Street Design Alternatives

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All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the second public meeting for the complete streets redesign of Washington Street. The meeting will be held at the Multi Service Center on Monday, May 5, 2014. There will be an open house from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and a presentation will be made at 7:00 pm.

What’s happening: The City hosted community meeting #1 on December 16, 2013 to collect public input and understand the community’s vision for Washington Street. Based on that input, existing conditions analysis and stakeholder interviews, the project team has synthesized a community vision and developed design concepts and alternatives.

Why to attend: Your feedback is important! To help pick the preferred design direction, a survey will be conducted. The designers will be on hand to present the design work and field questions from the community. 

Mumps Cases Confirmed on Stevens Campus


Health officials today confirmed several cases of mumps on the campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology. The cases were first identified as suspected cases last week, and there have been no reports of new cases since last week.

“The City’s Health Department has been working closely with Stevens since the beginning and we are thankful for their responsiveness and proactive efforts,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of the public. The best way to prevent mumps is vaccination. Members of our community should follow the recommendations from health officials and contact their doctor if they believe they may have symptoms. We will keep the community informed of any new developments.”

The New Jersey Department of Health has created a flyer of Frequently Asked Questions regarding mumps: www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/mumps/mumps_public_faq_04172014.pdf. Additional information and resources can be found at the NJ Department of Health website: www.state.nj.us/health/cd/mumps/.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for April

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for April is now available.