Stafford Addresses Bulk Trash Violations
A mission is underway to clean up the streets of Stafford Township – parts of which “get to be like a slum,” as resident Joe Mazzola put it, after so many discarded mattresses and other bulk trash items pile up along curbs. “I counted one street, I bet they had 12,” he said during the public comment portion of the Sept. 27 regular meeting of the mayor and council.
The issue is being addressed by cracking down on bulk trash violators, council President Dave Taylor assured the public, as he announced this past Saturday’s bulk trash dropoff event at Ocean Acres Community Center.
“We’ve basically got a (Public Works) person working full time now,” whose sole job is to go around writing up violations, he said.
In fact, 267 new violations have already been issued, he said, to residents failing to heed the town’s bulk trash procedures as set forth by zone – four zones, each designated one week of the month. (The week corresponds to the zone number.)
The first week of the month is for Zone 1, Beach Haven West, Village Harbour, Colony Lakes, Cedar Bonnet Island, Mallard Island and Bayside.
The second week is for Zone 2, Town North and South, Route 9, Cedar Run, Mayetta, Downtown Manahawkin, Perry’s Lake, The Landings and Pinecrest Village.
Week Three is for Zone 3, Ocean Acres (everything east of and including Nautilus Drive and north of Neptune Road).
Zone 4 gets picked up the fourth week, that’s remaining Ocean Acres (west of Nautilus Drive, south of and including Neptune Road), Fawn Lakes, Atlantic Hills, Paramount Escapes and Warren Grove.
“Once a street has been collected, Public Works will not return until the next scheduled zone week,” the rules state. Residents are instructed to place discarded items at the curb on Sunday of their given zone’s week.
The pickup schedule for the whole year is on the township’s website, staffordnj.gov, though somewhat buried. From the home page click the “How Do I…” tab, then under “Find” click “recycling and trash schedule,” then in the left-most column click “Bulk, Brush, Leaves and Metal Collection.”
“We are one of the very few towns left that will still pick up bulk trash,” Mayor John Spodofora reminded the public, as he conceded the situation has gotten out of hand. He added it’s a costly endeavor for the town. —V.F.