Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
The village of Westbury recycling program will expand this weekend to accept items such as shredded paper and plastics 4, 5 and 6.
The village’s recycling program is mandatory and village clerk Ted Blach estimates that approximately 50 percent of all households actively participate. Mayor Peter Cavallaro said that the village has made its recycling program more comprehensive over the past five years and that recent requests by residents led to further expansion of the program.
“We are expanding the recycling program to try to take more recyclable materials out of the waste stream and help make us a greener community,” said Cavallaro. “This makes us a more responsible community, and also saves us money as we can dispose of those materials at a lower cost per ton than our regular household garbage.”
Beginning Feb. 15, the village’s recycling program will include plastics 4, 5 and 6. Items in these plastic categories include food cartons, plastic utensils, plastic cups, squeezable food bottles, plastic bags and clouded milk containers. Residents can now also recycle
shredded paper, which can be put out in clear plastic bags with other recycling.
Residents are also encouraged to continue recycling newspapers, corrugated cardboard, glass (drink bottles and food jars but not light bulbs, window glass, mirrors, drinking glasses or broken glass), plastics 1 and 2, metals (such as food cans, aluminum beverage cans, aluminum foil, plates or food containers) as well as clean dry paper (not wet, waxed, or soiled paper). More information on what the village accepts as recycling is available at www.villageofwestbury.org
Several times a year, the village also hosts an e-cycling day where residents can drop off items such as computers, computer monitors, printers, and fax machines. Since its inception in 2010, the village has saved 30 tons of e-cycle refuse from going to landfills. The next e-cycle day is tentatively scheduled for April.