N.J. carpet cleaning: Residents who can’t afford to pay are now fighting to stay put
On Thursday, residents in New Jersey who can afford to do so and who are worried about their property values will get an earful about the costs of cleaning carpets.
State and federal authorities have warned residents not to leave their homes because the cost of cleaning the carpeting will be high.
Residents in the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson Valley region of New York and New Jersey will be paying up to $4,000 a year for carpets, which are a mainstay of the residential real estate market.
The cost of removing carpet from homes and businesses is expected to climb to more than $10,000 per day, according to a draft of a draft Environmental Protection Agency draft guidance for carpet removal.
State authorities have already started phasing out the use of synthetic carpets and have started requiring contractors to install new carpet.
Some residents who are in the market for carpet cleaning have been waiting months for a fix.
The average cost for carpet service is $5,000, but that includes the cost to remove and repaint the carpet, according a spokeswoman for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The Environmental Protection Department has said the cost is expected by the end of the year, although it does not have a firm date.
In recent years, the number of carpets in New York has exploded, according the city’s Department of Buildings.
A city spokeswoman did not provide an estimate on how much carpet cleaning was costing, saying it would be more accurate to estimate the cost.
“They have a lot of people who are out there doing the job, and they’re working around the clock,” said John Stacey, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Homelessness.
“I can’t tell you how many people are just sitting in the lobby of their home, waiting for someone to come and get them a carpet.”
New York City Councilwoman Carolyn Bynum, who represents the Catskills, said she’s heard from residents who have had to pay more than twice as much for carpeting.
“There’s a huge problem with the carpet industry and the carpets themselves, but the carpet business is really not in the best shape right now,” she said.
“And I don’t know how many other communities in New Mexico have the same problem.”
Bynum said she had contacted the EPA and asked them to help her, but they haven’t provided her any details.
“I know that there are people in New Hampshire and elsewhere who have seen the damage they have been causing to their properties and are now trying to get rid of them,” she told the AP.
“The carpet industry is a dirty business.
They are the ones who are going to be paying for this mess.”
New Jersey’s carpet removal is part of a larger effort by cities across the country to clean up the citys trash, according of the National Council on Clean Energy and the Environment, a nonprofit environmental group.
More than 400 cities have set up recycling centers to help people remove and recycle their trash.
In New York, the city has set up a program to encourage people to reuse their trash cans.
“We are committed to creating a city where everyone feels safe to do business, and to do that, we need to be doing what’s right for the environment, which is to make sure our communities are clean,” said Mayor Mike Duggan in a statement.