Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the City of Bayonne increased its electronic recycling by 25% in 2016 in comparison with 2015. In 2015, Bayonne recycled 119.80 tons of electronic items. That figure increased to 150.52 tons of electronic waste in 2016. Mayor Davis said, “I would like to thank the people of Bayonne for increasing our participation in the electronic recycling program for the fifth consecutive year, which is good for the environment and for our budget. When we keep electronics out of landfills, we save money on tipping fees. We also keep potentially harmful substances out of the ground.” Under federal and state regulations, it is illegal now to dispose of e-waste with regular garbage.
Mayor Davis reminded residents that they must make a specific request for curbside pick-up of televisions, computers, and certain other electronic items. He said, “Anyone who would like to recycle old televisions, computers, and other specified 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.
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. The total electronic waste recycling figure has risen each year as an apparent result of curbside pick-ups. In 2012, before curbside pick-ups, Bayonne recycled 28.13 tons of electronic waste. That figure jumped to 110.05 tons in 2013, 114.47 tons in 2014, 119.80 tons in 2015, and finally to 150.52 tons in 2016.
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 certain electronic items motivated governments to keep them out of landfills.
The law does NOT require recycling of cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, game consoles, or certain other particular 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.