Residents are urged to reduce their use of plastic and to focus on ways we can help protect the environment. Many of the local garbage haulers provide free recycling for their customers, however it's important that we each become familiar with what types of items can be thrown into their recycling bins. In the example below, we are taught that pizza boxes are not to be thrown in with other recyclable items because the contaminants from one used pizza box is enough to cause the entire load to have to go to the landfill. And though plastic bags are recyclable, they cannot be mixed in with other recyclables because one bag can cause sorting machinery to shut down for hours. Most grocery stores provide recycling bins made specifically for plastic bags and other items such as styrofoam.
For more information on recycling and recycling locations, please visit Keep Nassau Beautiful's website. Also, don't forget that next Saturday, April 28th, is the annual hazardous waste recycling event at Home Depot. Items that should never be thrown in the landfill such as electronics, paints, and oils will be collected. Please click here for details.
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