It’s time for some Spring Cleaning! If you’re like me, you’re wondering, how to I pile up so much stuff? We can’t help to solve that mystery for you, but we can help give you some tips on how to dispose of it properly.

Whether your clutter winds up in your garage, basement, closet or all of the above, it is important that it be disposed of, and disposed of in a way that is not harmful to human health or the environment.

The HCIA is hosting Spring 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days in Bayonne, North Bergen, Jersey City and Kearny for Hudson County residents only. Accepted items include:

The weather is warming up and it is time to get outdoors and celebrate Spring! The HCIA has just the event for you- join us on Saturday, April 27th for the 29th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Liberty State Park!

Get your heartrate going at the Earth Day 5K Run/Walk beginning at 10:00 am. The race offers a flat, fast USATF-NJ Certified Route along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Liberty State Park. Over the years, this race has become one of the region’s fastest-growing 5Ks of the season. All pre-registrants will receive a race t-shirt and post-race refreshments. Register now!

Winter is here and depending on the groundhog that you listen to, may be here for a little while longer. Either way, it’s best to go through the remainder of Winter being safe and sustainable!

When ice and snow take over, moving around can be difficult. (Look at what happened to our friend the bear up there!) Salt is a great option for melting ice and snow. However, it is harmful to the environment as well as pets. For pets, salt left on surfaces can lead to cracking on their paws. The ice-salt mix will eventually melt and drain into groundwater and streams which is harmful to aquatic life. In addition, salt eats into concrete and stone surfaces and even can harm vegetation including lawns and gardens.

This Winter has been like a house guest that doesn’t know when they’ve overstayed their welcome. But look on the bright side, Spring begins on March 20th and the HCIA is ready for it with events planned for Hudson County residents!

Just Shred It

Identity theft tops the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints with over 15 million Americans affected annually. Nationwide, companies and individuals have fallen victim to identity theft and scams as the result of a loss of information contained in personal documents falling into the wrong hands. These documents should never be disposed of in your garbage can or your recycling bin, instead, they should be shredded.

The holiday season is upon us! It’s a busy time filled with shopping, decorating, cooking, parties, cleanup and much more. This season, keep Mother Earth in mind during your preparations and celebrations.

It’s shop til you drop time! Whether you are shopping for presents or groceries, be sure to utilize ecofriendly practices. The convenience of online shopping has made it more popular than ever with 79% of Americans shopping online. Cardboard shopping boxes are recyclable (high value recyclables!) and should be left curbside, separate from regular recyclables. While local governments pay for the recycling of materials such as bottles, cans and plastics, the sale of cardboard materials to recyclers results in funding to offset recycling costs. Please be sure to remove any packing materials that are included in the shipments to protect the contents. Remember to break down the cardboard boxes to save space and keep them from blowing around in case of wind. A helpful hint is to remove mailing labels from boxes to help protect against identity theft. Finally, you can leave packing tape on boxes, they do not interfere with the recycling process.

For those shopping in stores, remember to bring your reusable shopping bag with you. These bags also make a smart and ecologically safe option to package gifts in and can be reused! Remember that plastic shopping bags are an environmental nightmare. Discarded plastic bags can end up in waterways and are deadly to birds and marine life. Stores across Hudson County have plastic bag recycling bins. Find the location nearest you!

   

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