Incinerator authority bill advances

TRENTON – The Senate Urban Affairs Committee released bill S872, which would allow incinerator authorities to conduct other public services.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Sandra Cunningham, (D-31), Jersey City, would authorize the Jersey City Incinerator Authority to continue offering other functions. It is unlike other incinerator entities that solely dispose of waste.

Among the functions it performs include:

*monitoring compliance and enforcing city ordinances relative to solid waste disposal and recycling;

*educating various city groups and entities about environmental issues;

*property maintenance through the coordination of cleanups of city and privately owned vacant lots;

*providing container rentals for the disposal of construction and demolition debris;

*securing and storing impounded vehicles;

*providing mechanical street sweeping;

*removing graffiti;

*providing snow plowing and removal services;

* and providing demolition services for unsafe buildings.

The bill was released by a 3-2 vote, with Sens. Sam Thompson, (R-12), Old Bridge, and Chris Connors, (R-9), Forked River, voting against.

Following the hearing, Thompson said he voted no because he doesn’t believe incinerator authorities should be doing more than what they’re intended to do, which is properly disposing of garbage.

Incinerator authority bill advances