Become a part of a world-wide effort to protect and save our environment. Simply follow these simple guidelines to help "Pitch In" for a better tomorrow! If you have any questions about recycling, please call the Recycling Division at 378-4210, ext. 339.
|An Easy Guide to Recycling
|Please note: If we return your recycling bin to you with any remaining materials, these items cannot be recycled. These items should be discarded in your regular refuse. Please do not use garbage cans or black plastic bags for recyclables. (Clear plastic bags are acceptable.)
*Yellow telephone books, batteries and compact flourescent light bulbs (CFLs) will be accepted for recycling at S.T.O.P. events only.
||How to Prepare the Item for Collection
||Items NOT to Include
||All juice, pop & soda bottles, water bottles, beer & wine bottles and food jars can be recycled. Please rinse all residue from the item being discarded and place it in your recycling bin. Remove all caps or lids and discard them in your regular garbage. Labels need not be removed.
||Light bulbs*, window and auto glass, mirrors, dishes and drinking glasses, broken glass, pottery and clay pots.
||All food and beverage cans, aluminum foil and baking tins. License plates. Please rinse all residue from the item being discarded and place it in your recycling bin. Deface license plates with indelible marker. Place one license plate in bin per week.
||Cans used for chemicals or paint, aerosol spray cans, appliances, batteries*, tools.
||All plastic items with a recycling logo of "1" or "2" located on the bottom of the item can be recycled. (For example: soda bottles, milk containers, laundry products, water/juice bottles, liquor bottles and personal care items.) Please rinse all residue from and flatten the item being discarded. Remove all caps or lids and dispose of them in your regular garbage.
||All plastics without "1" or "2" recycling logo, plastic grocery bags, frozen food or meat trays, motor oil containers, styrofoam, plastic flower pots, six pack holders and rings, containers used for paint and solvents, lawn care products and chemicals.
||Newspapers & inserts, magazines & catalogs, box board (cereal, pasta & other food boxes), office and school paper, index cards, white telephone books, pizza boxes, computer paper, discarded mail, paper grocery and lunch bags, corrugated cardboard (Corrugated cardboard must be flattened and tied in bundles of approximately 2 ft. x 2 ft. x 6 in. Place next to recycling bin.) Newspapers must be tied with string or placed in a paper bag.
||Yellow telephone books*, metallic paper, hardcover and paperback books, paper plates & cups, paper towels, egg cartons, non-paper envelopes, cardboard with wax or styrofoam.
Recycling Bin Replacement
If you need a new or replacement recycling bin, visit the Town of Hempstead Sanitation Department Operations Building located at 1600 Merrick Road in Merrick. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM to 4:45 PM Recycling bins are also available on weekends at the Homeowner Disposal Area between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and SPLASH, a group dedicated to keeping waterways clean, have announced a recycling program for the shrink wrap that covers many recreational boats during the off season. As the spring season starts, many Long Island boaters and marina staff will begin readying vessels for the warmer weather by shedding the plastic shrink wrap that is used to protect boats throughout the winter. The Sanitation Department's facility in Merrick, located at 1600 Merrick Road, will host a container to collect the shrink wrap. Commercial marinas and residential boat owners may deposit the plastic material between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM Monday through Friday. In addition, residential boat owners may drop off shrink wrap on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Shrink wrap deposited for recycling must be clean, with all lumber, rope, nails and garbage removed from the plastic. All marina operators and recreational boat owners in the Town of Hempstead are encouraged to recycle and keep shrink wrap out of landfills.