By the Bronxville Green Committee
Oct. 13, 2021: Our trash is trucked 30 miles north to Peekskill where it is incinerated. This process has pros and cons. Pros: Instead of sending garbage to landfills, it is burned in a giant Wheelabrator facility that generates energy from waste. Cons: The process is expensive, requires significant energy, and creates pollution; the toxic ash that remains is sent to landfills.
Decreasing waste in our trash stream is a significant contribution we can all make on a daily basis. And, as you know, recycling is an important part of the solution -- it’s good for the environment, economy, and our communities.
Fortunately, recycling in Westchester works! County officials confirm that 100% of what is collected is recycled. According to the 2018 Annual Report, Westchester recovered 70,635 tons of waste through its curbside collection program; the sale of that material generated $4.2 million in revenue. It also saved $5.4 million that would have been spent in tipping fees if this material were treated as garbage. View the report here.
Recycling rules can be confusing and recycling incorrectly can cause problems. These include contaminating the material being collected, thereby decreasing its value, and damaging recycling equipment. In 2018, NYS launched the Recycle Right campaign to improve our recycling system and educate residents on how to properly recycle and reduce waste through reuse.
Here’s a quick overview to take the guesswork out of recycling!
Step 1: Know your local recycling guidelines
Step 2: Properly prepare your recyclables
Step 3: Protect recyclables from bad weather
Step 4: Purchase products made from recycled materials
A special note about all film plastic! Never put any type of plastic bag in your curbside pickup. Plastic bags are recycled through a different process. This includes carry out bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, and plastic wrapping. You can drop off this “film” plastic at the Acme in Bronxville (there’s a designated bin by the exit) or at any other large grocer. Learn more about film plastic recycling here.
The Bronxville Green Committee is a volunteer organization that is part of the Village of Bronxville. We work to propose and implement environmentally sustainable programs in our community. Visit our website to learn more. Please consider joining our efforts!
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The Bronxville Green Committee is a volunteer organization under Village government. We work with the Trustees and Village staff on programs that promote clean energy initiatives and sustainable ways of living. Our programs include The Bronxville Giving Garden, a community garden whose produce is donated to local groups; Take Back Day, when we collect items to be recycled; and Pollinator Pathways, which encourages adding native plants to our gardens. We believe everyone can make a difference by adopting simple, sustainable practices in daily life so we can work together to protect what we love -- our families, our homes and our town.