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Murphy Administration Awards Bayonne $133,677 State Recycling Grant

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            The Murphy Administration is awarding nearly $16.2 million in grants to communities across the state to help them enhance waste reduction and recycling programs, the same amount as the previous year’s total, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced. The DEP is awarding Bayonne a recycling grant of $133,677, up from $115,257 in 2022.  Mayor Jimmy Davis said, “I would like to thank the residents and businesses in Bayonne for taking part in our recycling programs.  Their support for recycling helped generate this grant.”  Mayor Davis continued, “I would also like to thank Public Works Director Tom Cotter and Recycling Coordinator Mike Tassone for providing successful leadership of our recycling programs.  Their steady efforts have led to this 2023 state grant that will help maintain Bayonne’s recycling and waste collection efforts.”

            The Bayonne Department of Public Works will use the state grant to support its waste management and recycling programs.   The specific uses of the grant will be announced at a later date.

            The annual awards are based on 2020 recycling performance, the most recent year for which data is available.  Municipalities must use their funds for various recycling initiatives.  These may include sponsoring household hazardous waste collection events, providing recycling receptacles in public places, or maintaining leaf composting operations.

            Commissioner LaTourette said, “New Jersey has long set a national example for recycling, starting with being the first state to enact a recycling law in 1987.”  He continued, “This annual grant program provides incentive for communities to strengthen their municipal recycling initiatives, encourage children and adults to keep our environment clean, and provide assistance in helping to reduce the local tax burden while also improving quality of life.” The grants are awarded through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act and are funded through a $3 per-ton surcharge on trash disposed statewide at solid waste facilities.  As required under the Recycling Enhancement Act, the DEP returns 60% of that money to municipalities based on how much recycling each community reports accomplishing during the calendar year.  The remaining funds are divided, with 30% going to counties, 5% to colleges and universities, and 5% for administrative costs.

            According to the DEP, “For calendar year 2020, New Jersey generated 20,997,099 tons of solid waste, which represents disposal (9,474,871 tons) and recycling (11,522,228 tons) reported by municipalities and, in limited instances, counties.”  The DEP continued, “The overall tonnage of materials reported as recycled and as disposed both decreased slightly in 2020 from 2019, leading to a slight decrease in the overall recycling rate, to 55% in 2020 from 56% in 2019. Solid waste includes municipal waste plus construction debris and other types of non-municipal waste.”

Jersey City and Liberty Science Center Groundbreaking ceremony on SciTech Scity today, Oct. 22, 2021


NJ Governor Murphy, Jersey City Mayor Fulop, Hudson County Executive DeGise, and LSC President & CEO Hoffman to Headline Groundbreaking Ceremony for 30-Acre Innovation Campus Dedicated to Creating a Brighter Future through Science 

 Mayor Steven M. Fulop joins Governor Phil Murphy, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, and Liberty Science Center President and CEO Paul Hoffman to broke ground on the 30-acre “City of Tomorrow” innovation campus called SciTech Scity, which will launch and grow world-changing science and technology companies and reimagine public school STEM education. SciTech Scity will bring together scientists, community leaders, teachers, students, innovators, and entrepreneurs in a one-of-a-kind setting that will become a sought-after destination for inspiration and innovation. 


COVID-19 UPDATE 5/23/2020

Mayor Davis has directed OEM to keep residents informed on all the latest information related to this health emergency.

Mayor Davis has informed us a 64yr old female Bayonne resident passed away due to Coronavirus-related illness.  This passing marks the 69th since the beginning of the health emergency.  Mayor Davis expresses his deepest sympathy, on behalf of all Bayonne, to the family of the deceased.

Bayonne Residents CURRENTLY Positive – 723*

  • The number above reflects only the Bayonne residents that are CURRENTLY COVID-19 Positive.  We have 300 Bayonne residents that are considered recovered.  Recovered patients, according to the CDC, no longer have to isolate or be reported.   

TESTING:  The Bayonne Medical Center continues to perform testing for COVID-19 at Veterans Stadium each weekday.  Your physician can make you an appointment for this testing.  Rite-Aid at 1097 Broadway is also performing COVID-19 testing.  This testing is free and is open to anyone (regardless if you have symptoms or not).  Go to riteaid.com to make an appointment.  CityMD is doing Antibody testing.

RECYCLING:  Alternating Recycling will continue this coming week beginning on 5/25.  On your normal recycle pick up day, please put out only CARDBOARD/PAPER this week.  This will be last week of alternating recycling, as we return to normal pickups on the week of June 1st.

PARKING REGULATIONS: ALL parking regulations that have been suspended for the last two months, will come back this week.  Summonses will be issued for meters, pay lots on Tuesday 5/26/20. UPDATE: RESIDENTIAL ZONE PARKING WILL NOT BE ENFORCED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

GOVERNOR DIRECTIVES: There have been many updates to the Governor’s directives, as they relate to the RE-OPENING of New Jersey.  ALL non-essential businesses are reopened (with restrictions), as well as numerous other changes.  Please go to covid19.nj.gov for full information.

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Governor Murphy Signs off on VOTE BY MAIL FOR TUESDAY july 7, 2020 election

According to a recent email sent out by AARP due to the Coronavirus outbreak and its effect on older Americans AARP New Jersey urged New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to issue and Executive Order significantly expanding New Jersey’s vote-by mail program for the upcoming July 7, 2020 Primary Election. That order went into effect on May 15, 2020