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October 8, 2015

Bayonne’s Recycling of Electronic Waste Has Increased Every Year Since 2011

Bayonne’s recycling of televisions, computers, and other electronics has increased each year since 2011.  In 2011, the City of Bayonne collected 25.26 tons of electronic items.  That amount grew to 28.13 tons in 2012.  The community’s electronic recycling had a nearly 400% increase to 110.05 tons in 2013, the year that Bayonne began curbside pick-ups of electronics.  In 2014, the City of Bayonne collected 114.47 tons of electronic recycling.  So far in 2015, Bayonne’s amount of electronic recycling stands at 60.97 tons and counting.  Mayor Davis said, “I would like to thank the people of Bayonne for making electronic recycling a success.  We would like to encourage people to recycle electronic items before the winter weather sets in. Anyone who would like to recycle old televisions, computers, and other electronic devices covered by the program should contact the Bayonne Department of Public Works.”

The Department of Public Works does curbside pick-up of electronic equipment (e-waste) for residents who make a reservation for that service.  Electronic items covered by the pick-ups include computers, laptops, monitors, televisions, electronic tablets, electronic notebooks, and e-book readers.  All personal data should be wiped from electronic devices before they are placed at curbside. Under federal and state regulations, it is illegal now to dispose of e-waste with regular garbage.  In 2012, the City of Bayonne designated its recycling yard on Hook Road as the drop-off site for designated electronic items.  In 2013, the City of Bayonne added the option of curbside pick-up for those who make advance reservations.

To make arrangements for the curbside pick-up of designated electronic items, please call the Public Works Department at 201-858-6070, Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Pick-ups will take place Monday through Friday.  There will be no pick-ups on Saturdays or Sundays.  Please place the items at curbside after 6:00 p.m. on the day that you have called the Public Works office.  A Public Works crew will pick up the items on the next day, unless that call comes in on a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday.  This pick-up of electronic items by Public Works is separate and distinct from the curbside pick-up of garbage, paper, cardboard, cans, and bottles, which is performed by private carting firms.

Bayonne residents will still have the option of dropping off designated electronic items and other recyclable items at the recycling yard on Hook Road, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., except holidays.

According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the presence of various metals and other elements in electronic items motivated governments to keep them out of landfills.  As the NJDEP explained in a recent statement, “Discarded TVs, computers, and computer monitors contain lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, zinc, brominated flame retardants, and other potentially hazardous materials, while Cathode Ray tubes and CRTs contain large amounts of lead that is used to shield consumers from radiation.”  The NJDEP informed the public that electronic waste makes up two percent of the solid waste disposed in New Jersey, but that as a result of consumer demand for new technologies, and the disposal of old equipment, “e-waste is growing faster than any other component of the solid waste stream.”

The law does NOT require recycling of cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, game consoles, or various other devices.  Some retailers and service organizations provide drop-off opportunities for these items.

For more information on New Jersey’s electronic recycling program, please visit http:www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/ewaste/index.html.

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