E-Waste Left at the Curb: Report, Educate and Collect
For a year, the Harsimus Cove Association (HCA) has been using a website and smart phone application to report quality of life issues to the City. (The full process of how we're doing this is available in our previous blog post, "Presentation of SeeClickFix: Report quality of life issues with your smart phone".)
Now we've stepped it up a notch.
Efficiently cleaning up somebody's mess sends the wrong message. The offender and the casual observer see a TV put out one day and then it's gone the next. They likely come to believe that this is how it's to be done-- just put it out and the City takes care of it.
But in Harsimus Cove it's handled so readily because the HCA has received the report (and in most cases one of our members has submitted the report), forwarded the report to the Jersey City Incinerator Authority (responsible for collecting street-level trash and dumping) and they collect it within a day or two.
No, we're not going to abandon our attempts to rid the streets of abandoned television sets and other e-waste. Instead, we've begun to do a bit of educating in the process.
We've made stickers that are now placed on the televisions as we make the report which carry the message lifted nearly verbatim form the JCIA's website on what e-waste is and how it should be handled. In short, call the JCIA for pickup. Yes, it's really that easy.
Do you want to help get the word out? If you are a resident of Harsimus Cove, you can download this PDF file. If you live elsewhere download this Word file and edit it as you see fit. You can print on Avery sticker sheets or print on normal paper and then tape the sign onto the TV.
Let us know if you are planning on placing signs on e-waste in Harsimus Cove or beyond - we'd love to know who's joining the cause!
On February 13, 2013, the Jersey City Independent wrote a piece detailing our efforts.