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Hempstead Town Distributes New Recycling Containers

New cans expected to increase the amount of recyclables collected.

Hempstead Town has began to administer new recycling containers to all town residents for immediate use.

This new 25-gallon recycling container is larger than the current bin provided to residents. The switch was made due to research that indicates larger receptacles result in an increase in the amount of recyclables collected, according to the town.

The new containers can be used for cans, bottles and other glass, plastic and metal items. The town has asked that residents retain their old recycling container and use it for newspaper, cardboard and other paper products.

"Curbside recycling is part of this planet-friendly agenda, and people like you have helped us achieve one of the highest recycling participation rates anywhere," Town Supervisor Kate Murray said in a release. "In an effort to build upon our past successes, we are pleased to provide you with this new recycling container. It is recommended that you identify your new container and cover with your address."

The town has also added to the amount of recyclables it will now accept. The added items include box board, (cereal, pasta & other food boxes), index cards, white telephone books (not yellow) and pizza boxes.

Residents on sanitation routes in Wantagh, Seaford, Levittown and Bellmore were the first to receive the containers, however, not every Town of Hempstead community will get the new containers this year.

Ozone Park Native August 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM
I NEVER received a new container????? Do I have to pick it up??? Help on obtaining this please...
Robert Demarco August 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I live in one of the towns mentioned, and I have not received one either.
PJC August 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM
It is about time they got rid of those open containers that do nothing but collect water. That said I sure hope this new container is on wheels since as a senior citizen I cannot carry garbage cans anymore. I live in Wantagh and have not seen any of these being used nor have I received this new container as yet.
Sam C August 17, 2012 at 02:29 PM
@ Robert: the town is still distributing the new containers @ PJC: they do not have wheels but the containers are not as bulky as the pictures above make them appear (the old recycling bins are still needed for newspapers and cardboard)
Seaford RN August 18, 2012 at 01:08 AM
BRAVO! TOH! It's about time!!!
MAC August 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I don't want it the new container! It's going to cause more traffic like the condo proposal at the Seaford Ave. school. Its all the board of educations fault. Did they ask Lorraine or Chris if it was ok to get these new containers?
PJC August 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM
The concern right now is the West Nile virus spread by mosquitoes and now thanks to the new recycling containers the mosquitoes have a new breeding ground. The covers on these containers are water collectors. Will every homeowner even remember to empty these covers after a rain storm? I doubt it. Poorly thought out design. More spraying will be needed in the future.
Wantagh Mom September 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM
This is really exciting and it will increase recycling - I was visiting my parents in MD and their recycling bin was huge and as a result they recycled everything! I have to say I am very happy to see this in our town and we got ours in Wantagh today! Thanks TOH
Joseph Brown September 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Hello PJC.......apparently I am not the only one that noticed the poor design of the lids for the new recycle bins from the Town of Hempstead. The new lid on the "Triple R Can" is now a breeding pool for mosquitoes. I will contact the Town of Hempstead to alert them of this new issue. Realtor, Joseph Brown www.EastMeadowJoeBrown.com

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