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Keeping Bears at Bay: Tips for Responsible Waste Management

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Ridgewood NJ, as we coexist with wildlife in our communities, it’s crucial to recognize that human garbage can be an irresistible temptation for black bears. When bears rummage through trash bins, they may become accustomed to finding easy meals, leading to repeated visits and potential conflicts. To foster harmony between humans and bears, it’s essential for residents to adopt responsible waste management practices. Here are some tips to help minimize bear encounters and protect both people and wildlife.

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Village of Ridgewood: Due to the Weather Emergency Rear Yard Garbage Pickup Cancelled for Thursday

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Ridgewood NJ, due to the ongoing very unhealthy air quality, on June 8, 2023, all garbage will be picked up curbside only. Please either put out your garbage (which must be in garbage containers) at the curb tonight or by 5 a.m. on June 8th. Garbage that is not at the curb will not be picked up until your next garbage pickup day.

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Village of Ridgewood Says NO to Residents Placing Garbage Bags on Curbs

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Ridgewood NJ, the Village of Ridgewood provides rear yard garbage pickup to all residential homes. The garbage must be in containers, with lids on them. If residents choose to bring their garbage to the curb, the garbage must also be in containers, with a lid. The containers may not be placed on the curb prior to 5:00 p.m. on the night before the collection and must be placed no later than 6:00 a.m. on the day of collection. All containers must be removed from the curb and returned to the resident’s property no later than 11:59 p.m. on the day of collection. Residents placing garbage bags at the curb, that are not in a container, will receive a warning and then a summons, if the garbage bags continue not to be containerized.

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Its More than just Snow that Needs A Cleanup in Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Ridgewood NJ, once again we have to report a major mess in need of a clean up in the Ridgewood Central Business district . Looks like after this weekends snow is not the only this that need a clean up .  Multiple business share several dumpsters  and it appears no one is minding the mess. In the past garbage problems have led to rat infestations  which were well documented on this blog.  Not a pretty picture for Ridgewood .

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Village of Ridgewood : Winter Storm Parking, Snow Removal and Garbage Pick Collection

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Ridgewood NJ, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 7:00 pm Friday – 7:00 pm Saturday for Bergen County.  Snow totals may change, based on the track of the storm.  The possible accumulation is 5-10 inches of snow or more, along with gusty winds.  Strong winds have the potential to cause power outages and network damage that could impact power, internet, TV and phone service.

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Wyckoff Police Department : Don’t Advertise

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Wyckoff NJ, from the Wyckoff Police Department , Now that Christmas is over, please do not advertise for thieves to break into your home. Boxes left outside for recycling will draw attention and they also let criminals know what kind of gifts you and your family received over the holiday

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Waste Disposal Giving You A Headache? Here’s What You Can Do

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Getting rid of the daily waste you accumulate whether in your home or in your business continues to be one of the most frustrating issues people face on a regular basis. Disposing of waste needs to be done in a specific way so that it does not harm others or negatively impact the environment. However, many people still struggle with finding environmentally friendly options that are also practical when it comes to disposing of waste. So, on that note, here are some tips to help you get rid of waste in a proper manner that is hassle-free. 

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Recycling : Saving the Earth or Make Work Virtue Signaling

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Ridgewood NJ, resident Steve Kim commented on Facebook , “At the VC meeting it was noted that Ridgewood now needs to pay to get recycling hauled away versus before we were paid to recycle.
Is this because recycled items need to be better chosen and sorted by us? Does this mean recycled items are ending up as trash anyways, and should possibly be consolidated with garbage pick up and save the extra effort?”

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Reader asks ,“What did they get out of it for lying so freely?”

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“All these problems that the Village has been denying would occur are almost here. The fact that the official people in Ridgewood would constantly parrot the builders quotes when it was obvious to even a child that all these additions would include a massive influx in needs for all our services. As someone stated “What did they get out of it for lying so freely?” Paul got his first state political appointment which he hopes will lead to bigger and better things. Our present Mayor changed to becoming a real estate agent and all these new developments will benefit him. What was gained by the others happily rushing into this? Will they all be gone when reality sets in? They all HAD to know what would be the reality of all this development. What did they gain by their massive pretend ignorance?”

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Whose responsibility is it to empty the cans in the Ridgewood parks?

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Ridgewood NJ,  This garbage can is overflowing with dog-poop that has been carefully bagged by the responsible owners.  But the can is totally jammed.

The Dunham Trail which runs between Grove Street and Spring Avenue. It seems dog owners and dogs always get such a bad rap from the haters in town……but here you have a clear example that the owners are absolutely trying their best to pick up all the poop, even from a woodsy nature trail, yet no one empties the garbage can.

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Readers not Buying Village of Ridgewood Recycling Challenge

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They will begin issuing summonses for violations of the new Recycling policy just like they did with the leaves. A new way to make money for the parking garage. Hold onto your wallets!

“The level of fees is under siege and has actually decreased 18% over the last 3 years from $332,552 to $266,232; a further decline is anticipated in 2016.”

The residents are the ones under siege here in Ridgewood; not fees. But I get your logic since you intend to raise my parking fees by 400% this summer to support the county garage.

If you happen to watch the recycle refuse being collected it is not uncommon to watch it be all be loaded into the same exact collection gate on the truck. We spend time separating the papers into different bins only to watch them get dumped into the same place.

I did ask the driver one time about this and he said they had reached the limit and it did not matter too much on paper differences.

At the end of the day seems like a simple jobs program with unmeasured results

It’s another simple edict: do as we say or the fines will continue. Years back when the Village was going to stop hauling the BoE garbage, they offered to do it for a price. (Around $125k/yr, I think) The BoE put out a bid for quotes and it resulted in a hauler taking it for about half the price. I am not attacking our hard-working village employees but for Roberta to say ‘give us only pristine garbage’ is absurd.

Let’s start by removing the Garbage from Village Hall…

Conveniently it meets there every other Wednesday night and sometimes by appointment if you are a special interest or campaign contributor.

Or you can just remember to vote in this coming election so you don’t have to get the stink of these skunks on you.