Recycling used to be so simple, right? You placed your bottles with their caps on, soiled cans, greasy pizza boxes, and cardboard in your recycling bin and it was picked up curbside. In recent years, it has become much more complicated.

What happened?
From the late 1980s until January 2018, the United States and many other developed countries sold more than 40 percent of plastic, plastic, metal, wastepaper recyclables to China. However, in January 2018 China instituted new environmental controls which banned most imports of “loathsome foreign garbage” which included mixed paper and post-consumer plastics.


After a wonderful Summer, you may be getting your home ready for colder weather. Whether you have boxes of old tax returns and cancelled checks clogging up your attic or use motor oil and tires taking up space in your garage, the HCIA has upcoming events planned in order to help you remove of these items safely.

Plastics have become a part of everyday life and are found everywhere from computer parts to water bottles and sunglasses. Plastics provide some great benefits including being inexpensive to produce, lightweight and durable. Unfortunately, plastics can have a detrimental effect on our environment.

Plastics are separated out in 7 different categories depending on the types of materials the plastics are composed of. Here in Hudson County, Plastic Types 1 & 2 should be placed in your curbside recycling bin. Look for the “Recycle Triangle” which can normally be found on the bottom of plastic materials.


Like all good things, Summer must come to an end, and seeing as it is August, the end is near. Summer’s “goodbye” is the school year’s “hello!” Whether you like it or not, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for that first day back, and that means shopping for school supplies! Do you have your pens and pencils ready? How does your backpack fit? Are your notebooks clean and ready to be filled with new facts and interesting stories? As you ponder all of these questions and many more, add another: Do you want to keep the Earth in mind and pick sustainable school supplies this year?

Warm weather is here- let’s hope it’s here to stay for the season. There’s no better time to get your bike tuned up and your helmet ready to get outdoors. Bicycling has numerous health and environmental benefits in addition to being fun! No matter young or old, there’s something for everyone.

Stride & Ride- A Bike Rodeo
Let’s start with our youngest riders. The Hudson TMA will be hosting the 12th Annual Stride & Ride- A Bike Rodeo on Saturday, June 15th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Gregg Park in Bayonne. Stride & Ride is the TMA’s Annual celebration of all things bicycles and is open to everyone from 9 to 90!

This annual event provides a fun and interactive outdoor bicycle training program for adults and kids as well as bicycle inspections. Hudson TMA will even teach younger riders how to ride without training wheels. In addition, attendees will receive tips on pedestrian and cyclist safety! On the fun side, there will be obstacle courses, entertainment, walking races, face painting, games, free giveaways and t-shirts! Stride & Ride is a free event- just be sure to bring your own bike! In addition to the rodeo, there will also be health and safety-related information booths.


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