Immediate Release Contact: Collin Nash or Sid Nathan
October 1, 2009 (516) 869 7794
North Hempstead Earns A+ for Recycling
Citizens Campaign for the Environment Commends Town
for Groundbreaking Environmental Programs
North Hempstead, NY—Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Council announced this week that the Town was recently awarded an A+ for its environmental initiatives and programs by the non-profit organization Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE). Specifically, the group cited two Town initiatives as groundbreaking - the comprehensive school recycling and pharmaceutical take-back programs.
“Citizens Campaign for the Environment is thrilled with the new programs implemented by the Town of North Hempstead,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the non-profit, non-partisan organization. “The school recycling program is truly a model for the rest of the state and the pharmaceutical take back program has already inspired other towns to follow suit.”
“This is a tremendous recognition for the Town,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “With a lot of hard work and support from the community, the Town of North Hempstead has made recycling a top priority. We hope in the years ahead to continue to lead the way when it comes to protecting our environment.”
Overall North Hempstead, which chalked up 98 percent grade, finished in a dead heat with the Town of Huntington at the top of the list.
Financed by a Rauch Foundation grant, CCE’s 2009 Long Island Recycling Report Card evaluated recycling initiatives in every single town barring Shelter Island and Long Island’s only two cities, Glen Cove and Long Beach. The report, for the first time, also assessed school recycling initiatives. North Hempstead’s Herricks School District—one of the town’s eight of 11 districts with the recycling program—racked up a gold star for its efforts.
“We are so proud to receive this recognition,” added Councilwoman Lee Seeman. “By protecting and safeguarding our environment we are ensuring a better future for generations to come.”
For more information on North Hempstead’s environmental programs call 311 or log on to www.northhempsteadny.gov.