The blue bins are here.
That means it’s time for residents of New Community to start separating their plastics, papers, metal and other recyclable products before disposal. New Community has joined the City of Newark’s recycling program and Recycling Coordinator Brenda Anderson recently gave an informational presentation at New Community Douglas Homes. Residents must recycle all items that are either (1) paper or cardboard products as well as (2) plastic, glass and metal products. The program is mandatory for all residents and is a joint effort organized by the NCC departments of Environmental Services, Management and Health and Social Services. Sammy Gebreyesus, Environmental Services Asset Manager, is overseeing NCC’s recycling effort.
“We at New Community are committed to building a sustainable city and we strongly urge our residents to recycle and care for the environment. We are pleased to partner with the City of Newark to ensure a cleaner and greener future for generations to come,” said Richard Rohrman, CEO of New Community.
Anderson explained that city officials pay large amounts of money for the disposal of garbage and that separating recyclable items reduces what ends up in landfills. “They’re not creating any more landfills,” she noted.
“We’re embarking on a new adventure,” said Vivian Pounder, Property Manager at Douglas Homes, located at 15 Hill Street in Newark. “Everyone is going to have to participate,” she said. “New Community is not going to be fined for something that everyone can do.”
Resident Charlotte Bryant hopes that his neighbors at Douglas Homes will catch on quickly and make recycling a habit. “I think it’ll pass on,” Bryant, 59, said.
Denise Carson has lived at Douglas Homes for seven years and noted that caregivers who do not live there, such as home health aides, must also be made aware that they have to recycle.
New Community family units including Gardens Family, Manor Family and Commons Family will receive a presentation on recycling at the New Community Neighborhood Center, 56-68 Hayes Street, on December 3 at 6 p.m.
If you have questions about what to recycle, call the City of Newark Non-Emergency Call Center at 973-733-4311 or contact your Property Manager or Care Coordinator.