Good news for Lakewood shoppers and drivers! If you’ve driven downtown, you have undoubtedly experienced the frustrating and unsightly situation of being caught behind a garbage truck. But, according to David Klein of Lakewood’s UEZ, that frustration is about to become a thing of the past.
The UEZ, in conjunction with the DPW, has requested a state grant of $250,000 to install four trash compactors behind the stores in the area. In the build-up, the township actually commissioned a study that focused on how townships in Virginia had utilized compactors to free up traffic and clean up their downtowns as well. After the study, officials concluded we could realize the same benefit.
Each compactor has a 35 cubic yard capacity. Site locations will be 1st Street & Rt. 9 parking lot, 225 4th Street behind Gelbstein’s bakery, 240 3rd Street at the municipal parking lot corner, and 242 2nd Street in the narrow alleyway lot.
Businesses can dispose of their trash behind Clifton Avenue instead of having it picked up in the front. Klein says they are processing the funding now in Trenton, and we can realistically expect these installations to take place sometime around October.