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Residents should put leaves in bio-degradable bags for collection
Newark, NJ – November 21, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker and Acting Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director Tharien Karim Arnold reminded residents today that the City of Newark’s Leaf Recycling Collection program, which launched on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, is in effect, and will continue through Friday, December 30, 2011.
“I urge all residents to be good neighbors during the Fall season, by adhering to our City’s leaf-collection and recycling ordinances. Together as a community, we can continue to improve our City’s quality of life,” said Mayor Booker.
Leaf pick-ups are being made in the South, Central, and West Wards on Mondays and Tuesdays, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., except on holidays. Leaf pick-ups take place in the North and East Wards on Thursdays and Fridays between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., except on holidays.
“Through the cooperation of our residents, I am confident that we can keep our storm sewers free of leaves and ensure that we can dispose of our leaves in ways that contribute to a more environmentally-friendly Newark,” Acting Director Arnold said.
The Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services is giving the following tips to residents on removing leaves from your premises:
· Whenever possible, store leaves in a backyard compost bin. This method is preferred to reduce waste at the source.
· Leaves must be placed in a bio-degradable paper bag, which can be purchased from most hardware stores. Do not use plastic bags. Failure to use a bio-degradable paper bag will result in fines and the leaves will not be collected.
· Leaf bags must not contain branches, shrub clippings, or any foreign matter.
· Do not rake leaves into the street. Leaves swept into the streets can clog drains and prevent street-sweeping. Due to state regulations, all leaves must be bagged in bio-degradable bags and placed at the curb. Failure to comply may result in fines ranging from $100 to a maximum of $1,000.
· Residents wishing to immediately dispose of their leaves may bring the bags to the city recycling depot, located at 62 Frelinghuysen Avenue, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., until December 30, 2011.
· If a city resident is using a contracted landscaper for lawn maintenance, the landscaper is responsible for disposing of the leaves.
Newark residents aged 62 or over showing proper identification can receive brown paper biodegradable bags free-of-charge from the City. The bags may be obtained at the City Recycling Office at 62 Frelinghuysen Avenue, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information about leaf collection and recycling, or about any Newark municipal program or policy, please contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
You can also visit
http://www.ci.newark.nj.us/city departments/ neighborhood and rec. services/ and click on “2011 trash schedules.”
Contact: Newark Press Information Office – (973) 733-8004
About the City of Newark, New Jersey
Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major commuter and freight rail lines, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.
With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival. Its population showed growth in the most recent census. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The rate of production of affordable housing has doubled, and new businesses are moving in. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission: to set a national standard for urban transformation.
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