FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2015
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North Hempstead Encourages Residents to Recycle Live Christmas Trees, Electronics and Holiday Lights This Season
North Hempstead, NY – This holiday season, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the Town Board, and the Town’s Office of Sustainability, encourage residents to recycle their live Christmas trees, old electronics and unwanted holiday lights. 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 and ornaments.
“Recycling your old Christmas tree is a great way to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner,” said Supervisor Bosworth “Since Christmas trees are biodegradable, they can be repurposed into mulch. This saves other trees from being cut down while reducing the space it would take up in a landfill.”
Additionally, Supervisor Bosworth encourages residents to recycle their holiday lights and unwanted electronics. Under New York State law, e-waste may no longer be disposed of curbside but must be brought to one of our drop-off sites (information below). Collected electronic waste is hauled off by the town’s EPA certified e-waste recycler, who disassembles the items, salvages the useable parts, separates out potentially damaging materials, and recycles the balance.
Residents can dispose energy-gulping holiday lights until the end of January, and other unwanted electronics on Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at North Hempstead’s residential drop-off site, located at 999 West Shore Road in Roslyn. E-waste can also be disposed of during the weekdays at North Hempstead’s Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA), located at 802 West Shore Road in Port Washington, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.
For more information on “Tree-Cycling”, please call 311 or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov.