FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2016
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Town Encourages Residents to Recycle Live Christmas Trees, Holiday Wrap Paper and Unwanted Electronics This Holiday Season
North Hempstead, NY – This holiday season, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the Town Board, and the Town’s Solid Waste Management Authority, encourage residents to recycle their live Christmas trees, holiday gift wrap paper and old unwanted electronics. The Town urges all residents to help our environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.
Residents can leave live Christmas trees curbside on normal yard waste collection days for the first two weeks of January. Please remove all decorations, lights, ornaments, tinsel, stands and any plastic bag or plastic wrapping used to transport the tree to the curb. Place the plastic bag or plastic wrapping in your trash receptacle. Holiday gift wrap paper can be included along with other paper recyclables.
“Christmas trees are biodegradable, and by recycling your tree they can be repurposed into mulch and reduces the space it would take up in a landfill,” said Supervisor Bosworth.
Additionally, Supervisor Bosworth encourages residents to recycle their old and unwanted post-holiday electronics. Residents can drop-off unwanted electronics on Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at North Hempstead’s residential drop-off site, located at 999 West Shore Road in Roslyn. E-waste can also be dropped-off during the week, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., excluding holidays, at North Hempstead’s Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA), located at 802 West Shore Road in Port Washington.
Residents are also advised that under the NYS Producer Responsibility Law manufacturers are required to offer take-back programs to directly accept e-waste from consumers. Cell phones, which are not considered accepted e-waste, are accepted by all wireless providers for recycling/reuse. Additional take-back programs may come in the form of mail-in, physical drop off locations, or in the case of large TVs, home removal of the item with the purchase of a new TV, or at a nominal fee.
For more information on “Tree-Cycling”, please call 311 or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov.