FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2016
MEDIA CONTACTS: Carole Trottere, Rebecca Cheng, Sam Marksheid, and Vicki DiStefano | (516) 869-7794
Town of North Hempstead Announces Fourth S.T.O.P. Event for 2016
North Hempstead, NY – Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board urge residents to clean out their garages, basements, attics and medicine chests, and take advantage of the enhanced S.T.O.P (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Michael J. Tully Park, in New Hyde Park.
Residents can dispose of items such as aerosols, household chemicals, pesticides, disinfectants, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, bulbs, thermostats, rechargeable and lithium batteries, TV’s and computers. Please bring oil-based paints only. Latex and water-based paints will not be accepted at the S.T.O.P. collection site. Once dried out (usually 24-36 hours after the lid is removed), those paints can be placed in a trash bag and thrown out with your regular household garbage. Oil-based paints, on the other hand, are considered hazardous, and will be accepted at any S.T.O.P. Collection Day program.
The Town of North Hempstead is proud to have been the first town in Nassau County to offer Pharmaceutical Collections, and residents have the opportunity to dispose of their unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals at each S.T.O.P. Event. In addition to protecting our environment by diverting unwanted drugs from landfills and our drinking water, the program prevents dangerous pharmaceuticals from getting into the wrong hands. By bringing this service to each community, North Hempstead strives to keep its children and environment safe.
During the S.T.O.P. event, North Hempstead 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. Residents are invited to shred any personal paper documents and credit cards free of charge. Any commercial business documents including home offices will not be accepted. Please note that there is a limit of 6 “Bankers Box” sized boxes or bags of paper per car, per event. Once the documents are shredded, they will be placed into containers and sent directly to pulping mills. Every 2,000 pounds of paper the Town recycles equates to seventeen trees saved.
The Town is proud to once again partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters to have a truck at the September 17 S.T.O.P. event. Big Brothers Big Sisters will be accepting gently used and working clothes, stuffed animals, electronics, toys, sporting equipment, shoes, books, small area rugs, bikes, scooters, luggage, picture frames, table lamps, bolts of fabric, silverware, glassware, dishes, and cosmetics. Residents will receive a receipt for their donation for income tax purposes.
In addition to the September 17 event, the final S.T.O.P. event of 2016 will be held at North Hempstead Beach Park on October 30. All collection events begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
For more information on the S.T.O.P. program, please call 311 or (516) 869-6311.
Supervisor Bosworth with Chief Sustainability Officer Erin Reilley