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Here I am coming back at you with the answers to questions that came up on my previous blog:

1. What does Recycling Coordinator, John Budnick, have to tell me about Recycling in Bayonne?

Before I called John, I looked at the Official website of the City of Bayonne NJ. See http://www.bayonnenj.org/   I browsed the city web site and under the Directory tab, I found a phone listing for Recycling. There’s also a funny looking icon. I wondered if that was a web page and sure enough it was.  
See http://www.bayonnenj.org/Departments/public-works/recycling-waste/ 
 There is an App that you can down load and learn all about how to sort your trash.

My talk with the Department of Recycling: I spoke with Mike Tassone who has replaced John Budnick who is in another area of the DPW.  Mike confirmed that if you have a TV or computer or other electronic e-trash, you can take it to the recycling drop off center here in Bayonne.  You must have your ID to prove that you are a resident of Bayonne to drop off e-trash here.   If you cannot drop off your TV or computer/printer, you can call 201-858-6070 or 6099 and make arrangements for these to be picked up from you residence. No TVs or Computers out on the curb for the regular trash pick-up, please! 

Here’s the answer to our second question:

2. What do Shop Rite and Stop & Shop do with all those recycled shopping bags?

Here’s what Shop Rite says:  https://www.shoprite.com/sustainability/  
They help you recycle by offering you bins for recycling used plastic bags. Beyond recycling plastic bags, they use conservation lighting in the store. They reduce water waste. They also offer sustainable seafood! Shop Rite does an Earth Day Clean Up every year, working with the Hackensack Riverkeeper.

Here's what Stop & Shop’s says, https://stopandshop.com/community/care-for-the-environment/
In 2016, 73% of all food waste generated by our stores was diverted to some place other than a landfill, through composting, recycling, and donations to regional food banks. By 2020, we aim to increase that number to 90%.” The web site also says, “In addition to reductions in food waste, we’re also committed to streamlining our supply chain and distribution efforts, to cut down on unnecessary packing materials.”  Stop & Shop also offers reusable shopping bags to purchase.  

The grocery stores are now doing a lot to become environmentally sustainable. All we have to do is get people to reuse or recycle their bags.

So what’s with the shopping bag ordinances of Hoboken and Jersey City?  I’ve also heard that the State of NJ is considering a tax on plastic shopping bags. Will that really keep the plastic bags out of the trees in my neighborhood? Doubtful.  

People need to understand that we should not dump plastic bags and other trash into our streets and parks. It’s an attitude we need to change. I know it’s difficult. After all, we’ve seen huge corporations dumping all kinds of hideous toxins into our NJ environment for over 50 years, so what’s the big deal about a few thousand plastic shopping bags and drinking straws?  Well maybe it's time to change.

Next time I’ll look into:  Does our Hudson County plastic really get recycled? Or burned? Or buried in a landfill?

See you again soon!
--Pat Hilliard, Blogger, Author and Freelance Writer