For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Collin Nash, Sid Nathan, and Jason Elan
TONH Announce Launch of Clothes Collection Program at Nov. 6 STOP Event
October 19, 2011 (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead, NY— Adding another facet to North Hempstead’s broad array of programs and initiatives intended to promote environmental awareness and help residents learn to reduce, reuse and recycle, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board announce a new program to collect gently-used clothing and other assorted items to all Town residents.
Partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's premiere donor and volunteer-supported youth mentoring organization, North Hempstead will unveil the new collection component of the S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program on Nov. 6.
The newest piece to North Hempstead’s multi-faceted S.T.O.P. program will debut at what will be the final 2011 collection event. It will be held at the Town’s Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) at 802 West Shore Rd. in Port Washington and will run from 9:30am to 3:00 pm.
“With each recycling opportunity the Town offers,” Supervisor Kaiman said, “we close in on our mission to change the nature of garbage by helping residents to reduce, reuse and recycle everything possible.”
The volume of discarded clothing in the U.S. reached 8 million tons in 2005 and has continued to increase since then. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study estimates that 85% of unwanted clothing is discarded, accounting for more than 4% of municipal solid waste volume.
As well as gently-used clothing, miscellaneous items such as working appliances and electronics as well as sporting equipment, bikes and scooters, books, lamps, glassware and dishes will also be collected.
Resident who donate any of the above items will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.
“We urge all residents to take advantage of this convenient opportunity to clean out your closets and donate all of your gently used items to this wonderful cause,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “You will be helping so many in need and keeping our environment safe.”
For more information on the S.T.O.P. program, please call 311.