August 12, 2019

Hoboken to implement dual stream recycling in September

Starting September 9, the City of Hoboken will change to a dual-stream system of recycling which separates aluminum, glass and plastics from paper. The switch will help increase recycling in Hoboken and reduce the City’s share of landfill waste, and could save taxpayers $200,000 in recycling costs per year. Recycling will still be collected on Monday and Thursday nights, with comingled recycling (aluminum, glass, plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5) collected on Monday nights. Paper recycling, which includes cardboard, will be collected on Thursday nights.

The switch to dual-stream recycling and reduce Hoboken’s contribution to additional landfill waste is the latest initiative in Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan launched by Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement. Currently, Hoboken’s single-stream recycling process results in only one-third of all waste in Hoboken being recycled.

As a reminder, comingled recycling (aluminum, glass, plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5) must be clean, dry and should be placed in blue covered bins. Paper recycling (paper, cardboard) must be clean, dry, flattened and bundled in cardboard boxes or tied with string, and should not be placed outside during rain. Plastic bags and styrofoam are not to be placed in recycling bins. In addition, glass bottles will be collected on Thursday nights in the limited business area (Washington St, Newark St, 1st St, 14th St, and Hudson Pl).

The Department of Environmental Services will be giving away free blue covered recycling bins (1 per every 5 units) at the Hoboken Recycling Center (256 Observer Highway, 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am – 1 pm on Saturdays). Residents can also pick up waste collection schedules and free Hoboken Recycles stickers at the Hoboken Parking Utility (94 Washington Street, 9 AM – 8 PM Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 1 PM Saturday). Magnets with the waste collection schedule will be available at both locations in September.

Click here for the full garbage and recycling schedule.

In addition to becoming the latest initiative in Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan, the new dual-stream recycling is another way Hoboken is keeping the streets and sidewalks clean from litter and pollution. The City recently passed new regulations banning all carry-out plastic bags and single-use styrofoam products, sponsored free “Adopt-a-Pet Waste Stations” for Hoboken property owners, and implemented over 80 new, modernized "H" trash and recycling cans with covers.