The City of Hoboken is launching a Zero Waste initiative as part of their Climate Action Plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 and net-zero energy by 2030.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The city will begin collecting data to inform the creation of a Zero Waste Plan that will outline the steps to achieve this goal.
To gather public input regarding solid waste outputs and current waste management offerings, the City today released the online Zero Waste survey.
Next week, the city and project team will conduct a waste audit to understand the composition of Hoboken’s waste streams from household, commercial, and institutional sources.
The data gathered in the waste audit will inform the development of policies, programs, and services to be recommended in the Zero Waste Plan.
The waste audit will collect samples of waste and sort those samples into multiple material categories to produce statistically representative and generalizable information about what is in the City’s waste and in what quantities.
This effort will provide the baseline against which to compare future waste volumes and diversion rates and provide insight into evolving waste types.
Professionals from the city’s consulting firm will conduct the waste audit on Monday, September 19th, through Friday, September 23rd, at 200 Harrison St. Sorting will occur Monday through Friday, with site set up Saturday and break down Friday.
Rodent bait stations have been placed around the site perimeter and will be serviced regularly before, during, and after the waste sorting process.
Currently, the City collects waste for household, commercial, and institutional properties alike, with no fees or varying collection requirements for commercial properties or businesses three times per week citywide, and six days per week in the limited business area.
Commingled recycling is collected once per week citywide, as is paper recycling. Hoboken also collects paper recycling six times per week in the limited business area.
Additionally, the city also launched a free residential compost drop-off program for organic recycling, which began with one drop-off site in 2019, expanded to four in 2020, and expanded to 12 in 2021.
More information about the initiative can be found here.