Dear Fellow Resident:
I need to bring to your attention a matter of concern which affects all of us. This involves how the Village manages its trash removal services.
I am pleased to report that during the past several months we have witnessed a decrease in the amount of residential and commercial trash and an increase in the amount of recyclables collected. This is a positive trend we want to continue. Each of us should examine what we throw away and determine if in fact there are more items which can be placed in the recycling bin. This will help us reduce the cost of disposal. Recycling is the law, and while we are continuously improving the amount of recycling we generate, we know we can do even better.
Of the several municipalities under the jurisdiction of Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities, Hastings-on-Hudson ranks among the high performers. Our recycling efforts have improved over the past several years, and there is a corresponding savings when we each recycle to the maximum level. In fact, the recyclable paper and co-mingled recyclable amounts have improved by 4.65% over the past 18 months.
Westchester County’s Household Material Recovery Facility located at the centrally-located Grasslands Campus at Valhalla is open to all residents. This facility will accept household hazardous waste, motor vehicle tires, empty propane tanks, batteries, plastic grocery bags and a host of other hard to dispose of items. However, there are certain rules and regulations and hours of operation to keep in mind when planning your visit. Residents are urged to visit www.westchestergov.com for further details, including directions to the facility.
A few additional thoughts: Please be aware that there are local regulations governing the size and type of trash containers used by homeowners. Recycling bins are available to purchase at the front desk of the Community Center. By now all residents are aware of the change in the DPW trash collection routing, picking up Village-wide paper at the curbside Thursdays and co-mingled recyclables on Fridays. Vegetative yard waste is collected on designated Wednesdays. Bulk waste is picked up at curbside on normal collection days, but by appointment only. Please call 478-3400, Ext. 613 to schedule such an appointment. There is no longer a need to call to schedule a special collection of heavier than normal trash, just ensure that each trash barrel and/or plastic bag is not in excess of 50 pounds. And, as always, do not place any refuse at
the curb any earlier than 5 p.m. the night before your scheduled pickup. We urge residents to refer throughout the year to the Village calendar or Hastingsgov.org website for any schedule changes.
Additionally, I encourage residents to make use of curbside pickup and avoid the need to physically bring materials to the Department of Public Works facility. The facility is not open for unlimited access. There are rules and regulations governing its operation as well, and we strictly enforce them.
Thank you for your cooperation. Our community is doing better when it comes to recycling and adherence to the solid waste regulations, and it is through our combined efforts that we will be able to continue the improvements to the collection of curbside trash, yard waste and recyclables and reduce the costs associated with these services.
Francis A Frobel
Village of Hastings-on-Hudson
7 Maple Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
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