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!

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.


It’s back! The holiday season is upon us once again. Decorations are going up, presents are being purchased and people are taking some time to relax and enjoy some holiday cheer. In preparation for the holidays, your friends at the HCIA want to remind you to “Think Green” and be sustainable this holiday season.

When the parties, decorating and gift giving are all over, it leaves on thing: Garbage. Industry statistics show that over 25% additional waste is generated over the holiday season than any other point of the year. First, it is good to know when your garbage and recycling is picked up. Download the Recycle Coach App for more information on pickup days in your town.


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.

Street Smart - it’s a common theme in Hudson County and something that our residents are known for “street smarts.” But there’s a different kind of street smarts that not enough residents exhibit in their daily life, both as drivers and pedestrians. In recent years, traffic-related deaths in Hudson County have increased. Something must be done to fix this problem.

Recently, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and other Hudson County officials joined with police officials from Bayonne, Jersey City, North Bergen, Union City and West New York to kick off the Street Smart Hudson County Campaign along Kennedy Boulevard in each of the municipalities. This month local police departments in each municipality along the John F. Kennedy Boulevard corridor will increase enforcement of traffic laws for motorists and pedestrians. In addition, the Hudson County Transportation Management Association (TMA) will be along the corridor distributing information to residents on street safety for drivers and pedestrians.