For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Collin Nash, Sid Nathan, and Jason Elan
June 29, 2011 (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead Continues Long Island’s First Composting Cooperative
Town Seeks to Enhance Partnership with Residents to Reduce Waste
North Hempstead, NY—With the successful distribution of more than 1,000 composting tumblers to North Hempstead residents, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board announce the continuation of this groundbreaking program, pursuing a commitment to ensure there is a composter in every North Hempstead household.
Thought to be Long Island’s first Composting Cooperative, the program began at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson in April, 2010. Participating residents are given a composter for a nominal fee as well as a free instructional demonstration on proper composting techniques at Clark Botanic Garden.
Sewing the seed for what he called “yet another Town of North Hempstead environmental undertaking”, Supervisor Kaiman said, “We want to change the nature of garbage, we want people to recycle everything possible.”
Town Councilman Tom Dwyer added, “By utilizing a composter properly, residents can reduce the need for water, fertilizers and pesticides. It is an encouraging sign to see so many residents call 311 to find out more about North Hempstead’s Composting Cooperative.”
Residents who wish to participate in the program will be provided one of the 30-inch composting tumblers for $50. In addition, they will receive instructions on composting at the 12-acre Garden.
For more information, please call 311.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman (middle) is joined by Receiver Charles Berman (left) and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (right) announcing North Hempstead’s Composting Cooperative Program at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson.