FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2012
TONH Announces Final S.T.O.P., E-Waste Pharmaceutical, Clothing Collection & Shredding Event of 2012
MEDIA CONTACTS: Collin Nash & Sid Nathan | (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead, NY– Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board want to remind residents that they can safely dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals, electronic waste, paints, and sensitive documents at the upcoming Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P.) event, the last one of 2012.
The multi-pronged collection program scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4th at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Road in Port Washington, will run from 9:30am to 3:00pm.
“North Hempstead recognizes the potential dangers of the improper disposal of household hazardous products,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “To address these concerns, North Hempstead offers residents an environmentally friendly way to dispose of household hazardous waste as well as gently-used clothing and sensitive personal documents.”
Residents can return items such as aerosols, household chemicals, pesticides, disinfectants, fertilizers, bulbs, thermostats, rechargeable and lithium batteries, TV’s, and computers. Please bring oil-based paints only. Latex and water-based paints, once dried out (usually 24-36 hours after the lid is removed), can be placed in a trash bag and thrown out with your regular household garbage. Therefore, latex and water-based paints will not be accepted at the S.T.O.P. collection site. Oil-based paints are considered hazardous, and will be accepted.
The Town will also accept unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals at the S.T.O.P. drop-off site. The first town in Nassau County to offer a pharmaceutical collection event, North Hempstead has diverted more than three tons of pharmaceuticals from our landfills and drinking water since the program debuted three years ago.
Perhaps more importantly, the program has kept prescription drugs out of the hands of teens, many of whom report that they get the drugs for free from the homes of family or friends, or they take them from family or friends without asking. By bringing this service to each community the Town hopes to keep our children, as well as our environment, safe. North Hempstead would like to urge all residents to clean out their medicine chests and bring their unwanted and expired medications to the Nov. 4th waste collection.
During this final 2012 S.T.O.P. event, residents also can safely shred and dispose of personal documents, thereby minimizing the opportunity for identity theft, while at the same time protecting the environment. Residents are invited to shred any paper documents, CD’s, DVD’s, disks, X-rays, coupons, pill bottles and credit cards free of charge. Shredded documents will be placed into containers and shipped directly to pulping mills across the country. Every 200 pounds of paper the Town recycles equates to one tree saved.
Committed to recycling, reusing and reducing, the Town partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to collect gently-used clothes, stuffed animals, electronics, toys, sporting equipment, shoes, books, small area rugs, bikes, scooters, luggage, picture frames, table lamps, cloth, bolts of fabric, knickknacks, silverware, glassware, dishes, and cosmetics. Donors will be given a receipt for income tax purposes.
“Each recycling opportunity the Town offers brings us closer to our goal to change the nature of garbage,” exclaimed Supervisor Kaiman. “We want people to reduce, reuse and recycle everything possible.”
For more information on the S.T.O.P. program, please call 311.