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Bayonne will switch to nighttime recycling collections in October

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Bayonne will switch to nighttime recycling collections effective Tuesday, Oct. 4, Mayor James Davis has announced.

The new schedule will cover cans and bottles and mixed paper and cardboard. The changes are intended to make retrieval more efficient by doing it at a time with less traffic.

“The main reason for the change is that nighttime traffic is lighter than morning traffic,” Davis said. “The recycling trucks will have it easier to move at the same time without commuter vehicles and school buses on the city streets. It’s easier to identify missed pick-ups if they’re still on the street in the morning.”

Bayonne’s existing three waste and recycling zones will remain unchanged. Zone 1 runs from 1st Street to 16th Street, including Broadway, Trembley Court and Country Village Court. Zone 2 runs from 16th Street to 32nd Street, including Broadway, Avenue F, West Drive, East Court and Center Lane. Zone 3 runs from 32nd Street to 63rd Street, including Broadway, Sycamore Road, Colonial Drive and Harbor Pointe.

Zone 1 recycling will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting October 4. Zone 2 recycling will take place on Wednesday evenings, starting October 5. Zone 3 recycling will take place on Thursday evenings, starting on October 6.

All recycling collections for cans and bottles and mixed paper and cardboard take place during the night hours. After October 1, these items will no longer be collected during the day.

“If you already put your recycling out at night, the only difference is the time it’s picked up,” said Tom Cotter, director of Public Works.

Nightly pick-ups start in October

Recycling can be put out as early as 3 p.m. for collection that evening. Residents are encouraged to turn off their recycling by 5pm on those evenings. Recycling collection will take place from 9pm until midnight until the night zone is completed.

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