FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2012
TONH Announces S.T.O.P., E-Waste, Pharmaceutical, Clothing Collection, & Shredding Event!
MEDIA CONTACTS: Collin Nash & Sid Nathan | (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead, NY– As households turn their attention indoors in preparation for cooler days, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board reminded residents to clean out their garages, basements, attics, and medicine chests, and take advantage of the upcoming “Stop Throwing Out Pollutants” (S.T.O.P.) Program.
Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8th, the end-of-summer S.T.O.P. event will take place at Michael J. Tully Park, 1801 Evergreen Ave, New Hyde Park, and run from 9:30am to 3:00pm.
“North Hempstead recognizes the potential dangers of improperly disposing 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.”
At the S.T.O.P. event, residents can return items such as aerosols, household chemicals, pesticides, disinfectants, fertilizers, compact fluorescent bulbs, thermostats, rechargeable and lithium batteries, TVs, and computers. Oil-based paints are also considered hazardous, and will be accepted at any S.T.O.P. collection day program as well.
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 discarded with regular household garbage. Latex and water-based paints will therefore not be accepted at the S.T.O.P. collection site.
The Town of North Hempstead is proud to have been the first town in Nassau County to offer a Pharmaceutical Collection Event. In three years, the Town has diverted over three tons of unwanted drugs from landfills and drinking water.
The addiction to painkillers has been well documented and it has been reported time and again that over half of the teens who abuse prescription painkillers say they got them for free from the homes of family or friends, or that they took them from family or friends without asking. By bringing this pharmaceutical collection service to each community, the Town is making great strides in keeping our children and our environment safe.
During the September 8th S.T.O.P. event, residents can also safely shred and dispose of personal documents, thereby minimizing the opportunity for identity theft, while at the same time making an invaluable contribution to the protection of the environment. Protecting your information is serious business and the improper disposal of documents can be disastrous.
Residents are invited to shred any paper documents, CD’s, DVD’s, disks, X-rays, coupons, pill bottles and credit cards free of charge. The shredded documents will be placed into containers and sent directly to pulping mills across the country. Every 200 pounds of paper the Town recycles equates to one tree saved.
Additionally, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, who have been impacting the lives of children for more than a century, has partnered with the Town of North Hempstead to accept gently-used clothes, stuffed animals, electronics, toys, shoes, books, bolts of fabric, bikes, scooters, luggage, silverware and glassware, as well as dishes at the event. Residents who make a donation to Big Brothers / Big Sisters will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.
The Town urges 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. Not only will you be aiding those in need, you will also help keep our environment safe.
“With each recycling opportunity we offer, we come closer to our goal to change the nature of garbage,” Supervisor Kaiman said. “We want people to reduce, reuse and recycle everything possible.”
For more information on the S.T.O.P. program, please call 311 and stay connected to North Hempstead on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/TownofNorthHempstead.