Plastics are everywhere. From shopping bags to computer parts to water bottles and sunglasses, plastics are a big part of our every day life. While they provide tremendous benefits, are inexpensive, lightweight and durable, plastics also cause some unfortunate impacts on the environment.

While there are countless products made of plastic, there are seven different of types of plastic recyclables. Here in Hudson County, only Recyclable Types 1 & 2 are to be recycled. How do you determine which is which? Look for the “Recycle Triangle” typically located on the bottom of plastic materials.

After an endless Winter, it’s time to get out and celebrate Spring! Join the HCIA on Saturday, April 21st for the 28th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Liberty State Park!

Kick-off Earth Day at 10:00 am and get your heartrate going at the Annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk. The race promises a flat and fast USATF-NJ Certified route through Liberty State Park and has become one of the region’s fastest growing Spring 5Ks. All registrants will receive a race t-shirt as well as post-race refreshments. Register now and join the fun!

On-site registration is available, however, participants must pre-register to guarantee a t-shirt. Trophies will be awarded to the overall Male and Female finishers in the categories of: 14 & younger; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; and 80+!

After the race, stick around for some fun at the Earth Day Kids Kingdom and Fair. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, participants can enjoy a fun day outdoors with free activities planned throughout the day. The Earth Day Main Stage will be offering live entertainment throughout the day including the Early Morning Singers, an Earth Science Circus Show, a performance by the Paper Mill Playhouse Choir, the Rosario Costume Characters, a concert by the family-friendly music group Little Rockers as well as music by DJ Mickey. There will also be strolling entertainment including stilt walkers, clowns and jugglers. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts activities, inflatable rides and obstacle course, face painting as well as kite flying. Attendees of all ages can visit the tents for a variety of community and environmental exhibitors, health screenings, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the work of the Hudson County Improvement Authority and the Hudson County Transportation Management Association. Since it’s Earth Day, you can learn more about recycling and bring home a free sapling to plant in your yard!

Mother Nature has been giving us a run for our money with a dose of cold temperatures, snow and ice! If you listen to that pesky groundhog, we may be in for more of the same, or not, who listens to a rodent anyway? Right or wrong, it’s always best to be prepared and be safe (while also being sustainable!)

Safety is important for commuters of all forms- pedestrians, motorists and cyclists no matter what the weather is but is an even more important issue in the winter. Between inclement weather, windy conditions and reduced daylight hours, winter requires all of us to take extra measures to ensure our safety.

 

 

Spring is almost here and it’s time for some Spring cleaning! As you begin to clean out your garage, attic, basement and other parts of the house, remember, not everything goes in the garbage! When cleaning up your home, keep the Earth in mind. (Hey! Earth Day is coming up!)

Most people begin their Spring Cleaning with their closets. Those pants you’ve been saving, that shirt that you forgot to wear, that jacket that has seen better days- they all can have another life. Consider donating to a local thrift shop or to a clothing donation bin found in many shopping center parking lots. Clothing donated to thrift shops is placed up for sale with the profits benefiting a worthy cause. Any clothing not sold is sent to a recycler to be broken down and reused. Clothing can find a new life as such items as cleaning rags, carpet padding, insulation. Even sneakers can find a new life as material for rubberized playgrounds. According to Earth 911, the average United States citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing annually. Rather than sending them to the landfill, give them a new life and donate them- you can even get a tax write-off!

 

Happy New Year! Did your holiday wish-list include a new computer or tablet? Did you make the most of the post-holiday sales and purchase a new television? If you said yes to any of these questions, you may be wondering how to properly dispose of your old electronics. The answer is easy- electronic waste recycling.

In 2018, New Jersey’s updated E-waste law kicks into effect with some changes from the original Electronic Waste Law enacted in 2011. Under the new law, additional electronic devices must be recycled rather than disposed of. These devices, referred to as “covered electronic devices” are defined as desktop or personal computers, computer monitors, portable computers (i.e. Tablets/I-Pads), desktop printers, desktop fax machines, or televisions sold to a consumer. The new law also changes the definition of “consumer” to include State entities, school districts and local governments.

The other change in that the new e-waste law places the responsibility on electronic manufacturers to bear the cost and obligation of recycling e-waste. This change is in response to the decline in the e-waste market which caused many manufacturers to reduce the amount that they picked up from counties and towns and also reduced the amount that they paid to recycling vendors. The new law gives the New Jersey Department of Protection new powers to take action against a manufacturer that does not meet with e-waste recycling obligation.