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:: REDUCE ::
“The waste coming out of our houses is just the tip of the iceberg. For every one garbage can of waste you put out on the curb, 70 garbage cans of waste were made upstream just to make the junk in that one garbage can you put out on the curb”. The Story of Stuff www.StoryofStuf.org
Stop Waste Before It Happens
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Choose reusable alternatives to disposable products.
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Close the loop
Purchase products made of, or packaged with, recycled materials. Paper and toilet paper made from recycled content. are widely available. The NRDC offers this guide to home tissue produts: http://www.nrdc.org/land/forests/gtissue.asp
Shop at consignment, thrift, second-hand, free cycle sites etc. (see REUSE below)
:: REUSE ::
Give stuff you don't want to someone who wants it &
get stuff you want from someone who doesn't!
• Westchester Freecycle: for free stuff
• Westchester Craigslist: lists items for sale & for free
• Donate to Church/Synogue/Hospital thrift shops & sales events
Cherry Door in Tarrytown benefits Phelps Hospital: 914-631-0470
• TILI: White Plains' "Take It or Leave It" shed, open April through October
• Midnight Run: accepts men's clothes & a number of other items
• Earth 911: A national database of ways to recycle & reuse lots of stuff
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:: RECYCLE ::
Recycle glass, metal, plastic & paper curbside guidelines:
Westchester County and Hastings-on-Hudson have excellent curbside recycling programs.
Sorting & storing recyclable material correctly is the first and crucial step in a succesful program.
If we all followed the village and county rules and guidelines, our village & county would realize considerable savings in time, money & resources.
Don't hesitate to call or email with questions.
• HoH Department of Public Works 478-2171 MEBallentine@Hastingsgov.org
• County helpline 813-5425.
A few notes about materials we recycle & don't recycle curbside:
• Corrugated cardboard is a valuable resource: the County actually employs workers to sort it by hand. Putting your cardboard out for pickup flattened and tied in a bundle is best.
• With regard to metals, glass & plastics recycling, returning bottles & cans for deposit is better than putting these out for curbside pickup. When a bottle is returned, it strengthens the return system and promotes stronger bills, such as the “bigger better bottle bill.”
• Wire hangers are not recyclable at the curb (they tangle the machinery) – return them to your drycleaner.
• Plastic bags and any other film/stretchable type plastics are not recyclable at the curb (they also gunk up the machinery) – you can bring this plastic back to the Hastings A&P or other large grocery stores.
• Book bindings are not recyclable; donate your books to a school or library. If a book is truly unwanted, you can cut the papers off the spine and put the paper into the recycilng (including old, yellowed paper).
• Finally, clean your recyclables for the sake of all the workers that manage your waste! The small bit of juice or milk in the bottom of a container rapidly adds up, creating a noxious environment for DPW and MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) employees (not to mention encouraging pests).
:: COMPOST ::
Organic waste from kitchens accounts for approximately 1/3 of municipal solid waste & it is often the heaviest stuff we throw out (not to mention the stinkiest). This waste is trucked 35 miles away to be burned in the Waste to Energy Plant in Peekskill.
Yard debris hauled away by the men of our DPW is an unnecessary draw on our resources. By mulching leaves and grass clippings in place and composting organic waste on your property, you can tread a bit lighter on the earth, and save money.
Turning this “garbage” into nutrition for your garden or house plants is easy – and satisfying – if you’ve got a bit of space in your yard or can accommodate a worm bin.
There will still be many for whom composting is not practical. The Conservation Commission is investigating making community composting a reality in the future ... stay tuned!
Here are a few links to get you started and help you along the way in managing your organic waste. The internet is full of links on this – google away! – nd consult with friends and neighbors who compost.
On "backyard" composting:
• Mulching in place - LELE (Love'Em and Leave'Em)
On vermicomposting (worm bins):
Here is a list of things you can keep off our streets & out of the incinerator by composting:
:: HAZARDOUS WASTE ::
Household Materials Recovery Facility
Accepting many items not allowed in curbside pickup; Tuedays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Call for appointment 813-5425
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