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Changes to Our Trash Pickup and Recycling

Apr 07, 2020 06:42PM ● By Mayor Kristine Morieko

Today is Tuesday, April 7th, and I have updates regarding the Coronavirus effects on our Borough.  As of 8 pm yesterday (Monday, April 6th).  We have 55 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Glen Rock.  We have been very lucky, a nearby town received a 100 case increase overnight and I have no assurances that we will not find ourselves in a similar situation.  This is not to scare anyone, but to create a realistic picture of what is in store for us over these next two critical weeks.

As of Monday, April 6th this virus has taken the lives of 3 Borough residents.  As a family, we drove to Borough Hall that night to hear the bells and siren, and I was devastated to get this news.  To those 3 families, we are keeping you in our hearts and mourn for your losses.  Tonight when the siren and bells go off at 8 pm please step outside and keep these residents in your hearts.  Personally I now have 3 friends who lost parents to this disease (not Glen Rockers).  The gravity of this situation should not be taken lightly.  If you do not already know someone who has been affected, it is a matter of when and not "if." 

If you are experiencing symptoms, PLEASE BE HONEST with dispatch.  We need to protect our first responders and keep them safe.  Our local hospitals are at or near capacity.  I cannot stress this enough.  We do know that it can take at least 14 days for symptoms to appear.  Realistically, this week we will see a spike in positive cases due to the end of the incubation period.

 Here is the Borough’s updated response to recycling which will be in effect until the end of April.  These changes are a reflection of lessons learned and input from the DPW administration: 

  1. The Recycling Center is now CLOSED.
  2. The Compost Center is now CLOSED.
  3. Curbside recycling will be reinstated according to the Borough Calendar.  Please carefully break down your cardboard and secure it.  Please put all other recyclables into a container.  We need to reduce the employees' exposure as much as possible.
  4. Curbside Garbage pickup will be once per week beginning Monday, April 13th.  Monday – North/West; Tuesday – South/East.  There will be no Thursday or Friday pickups.  Our DPW is working split shifts, for their safety, this is the only option we have.  To bring back recycling requires a reduction of one day of garbage pickup.
  5. If you are a senior who needs assistance, please call the main number at Borough Hall 201-670-3956.
  6. If you have a friend or neighbor who does not receive these updates, please direct them to sign up on the Borough web site for all alerts.

This pandemic has caused us to reduce, restructure, and reorganize ourselves many times.  We need to stretch our resources and flex our willingness to accept some inconveniences.  The safety of our community and our employees is paramount. 

Continue to follow the CDC guidelines:  Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, don’t touch your face; stay home and isolate if you are ill; and always practice social distancing.

We need to work harder and take every precaution we can to ensure that our most vulnerable are protected   If you are unable to properly social distance, then simply stay home.  Imagine how it must feel for those residents who are compromised.  I feel their fear, but perhaps I have not shared enough of the emails and texts I’ve been sent begging for this community to stop taking unnecessary risks.  Now is not the time to be out riding bikes with friends or meeting up at the parking lots, playing on Coleman playground, and hosting play dates or block parties.  We are in this together, and together we must all bear the responsibility of caring for each other.

We are in week 4.  Some of us are going stir crazy and others continue to disregard the safety of fellow residents.  Now is the time to stay home.  Stay safe with your families.  Glen Rock is only as strong as those who listen.  We are all impacted when residents don’t follow the rules.

Support local, support each other.  Be safe, stay well and stay home.

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