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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: The Streets Don’t Clean Themselves

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Ridgewood NJ, while the Village  Council  spent some where around $60,000 for new “squirrel proof” garbage cans  to spruce up the downtown ,contrary to popular belief they don’t empty themselves . The fact is the central business district continues to look shabby due to the lack of routine maintenance . Residents ask where are the street sweepers , and with the pedestrian mall every weekend street cleaning is needed now more than ever.

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Village of Ridgewood Asks Residents to Continue to Bring Garbage Cans to The End of the Driveway

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Dear Friends at the Ridgewood blog ,

Snowstorm Stella brought over eight inches of snow to the Village this week, and many of us are still digging out.  I want to thank the residents for staying indoors and not traveling during the storm.  Due to your assistance, only two motor vehicle crashes were reported and our crews doing the plowing were better able to manage the snow removal, in an attempt to keep the roadways clear.

Our crews doing the plowing and salting did a good job on the roads, despite the fact that they were challenged by large amounts of snow falling in a short amount of time.  In addition, there was sleet mixed in with the snow, and bitter cold temperatures, which turned many streets to ice.  Our crews doing the plowing also spent two nights clearing out both the streets and the parking lots of the Central Business District, the train station lot, and the Park and Ride lot.  Many of you contacted the Village to let us know where there were ice or snow issues, which allowed us to address them as quickly as possible.  We appreciate the feedback, because there is always room for improvement.

Due to the continued cold temperatures and the possibility of more snow in the coming days, all garbage must continue to be brought to the end of your driveway (not in the street), for the safety of our Village employees.  This will continue through March 24th.  Backyard collection of garbage will resume on March 27th, weather permitting.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Heather A. Mailander
Village Manager
201/670-5500 x202