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Municipal Solid Waste
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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

Stop Waste Before It Happens
  • Join Catalog Choice - easily stop receiving unwanted catalogs and phone books
  • Buy goods with no packaging
  • Buy in bulk
  • Buy produce loose instead of in packaging & bring your own produce bag
  • Bring your own canvas or reusable bags to the store - not just for groceries, but for all your shopping
  • Bring your own travel containers for beverages: coffee, water etc.
  • Use bar soap instead of liquid soap
  • Buy milk in refillable bottles: many home delivery options available
  • Choosing aluminum over plastic is precycling, as aluminum creates less hazardous waste in its manufacture and is more likely to have been made from recycled aluminum
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Choose reusable alternatives to disposable products.
  • Cloth towels instead of paper towels
  • Use durable/reusable china, flatware & glasses when entertaining - if you don't have enough, perhaps you can borrow from your neighbors!
  • Cloth napkins instead of paper napkins
  • Rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries
  • Save and reuse boxes, mailing tubes, and Styrofoam "peanuts"
  • Pack a "zero waste lunch" for school & work: use reusable containers & cloth napkins
  • A reusable razor instead of disposable ones
@ Office
  • Make double-sided copies
  • Circulate, instead of distributing individual copies of memorandums, letter and magazines
  • Periodically review mailing lists; remove duplicates
  • Consolidate mailings whenever possible
  • Use E-mail whenever possible
  • Get off unwanted mailing lists: Join Catalog Choice
  • Save and reuse boxes, mailing tubes, and Styrofoam "peanuts"
  • Use reusable dishes, mugs/cups and silverware at the office instead of disposables
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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:

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 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 
• 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).

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:
•Leaf 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:
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea bags
  • Nut shells
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Yard trimmings
  • Grass clippings
  • Houseplants
  • Hay and straw
  • Rabbit and guinea pig/gerbil bedding and poop
  • Leaves
  • Sawdust
  • Wood chips
  • Cotton and Wool Rags
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  • Hair and fur
  • Fireplace ashes

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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Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York