Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Angie Cullin and Councilman Gary Hudes refereed a “Recycling Relay” at Old Mill Road Elementary School in North Merrick to kick off an expansion of the Town’s plastic recycling program. The event also celebrated a remarkable accomplishment in plastic recycling by the students.
“Old Mill Road School’s recycling prowess makes it the perfect location for the announcement of Hempstead Town’s expansion of its recycling program,“ said Supervisor Murray. “Every year a person goes through almost 100 pounds of plastic, Hempstead Town will now be collecting it all!”
Hempstead Town is expanding its plastics recycling from water and soda bottles, as well as shampoo bottles and other common household plastic containers to almost every type of plastic imaginable. Among the new items that can be recycled are plastic playground equipment, straws, medicine bottles and more.
“Recycling is the one of the best things we can do for future generations so I am thrilled that we are expanding our program,” said Councilwoman Cullin. “This new initiative is going to be a great addition to the already expansive recycling program that Hempstead Town coordinates,” added Councilman Hudes.
In addition to being green, Hempstead Town will also save some green with the expanded program. It costs the town $68 a ton to dispose of these materials in the traditional fashion, while recycling these additional plastic items will only cost $10, saving the town $58 a ton.
Old Mill Road School was selected as the launch location after Hempstead Town learned of a recycling initiative in which the school participated in recognition of Earth Week. The student body, which includes 477 students, collected 5,637 plastic bottles to be recycled in five days. Dana Kiderman’s first grade class collected 800 bottles themselves and Kristin Bowers’ fourth grade class 589 bottles. As the two classes that collected the most bottles, they were selected to participate in a recycling relay to officially kick-off Hempstead Town’s expanded program. The students, divided into two teams, shot recyclable bottles and balls into a “recycling basketball hoop” to determine who were the real recycling champs. The winning team was presented with a specially-designed recycling trophy.
“Everything we recycle means we are putting less garbage in our landfills. Recycling only requires a small amount of time, while saving money and reducing pollution,” concluded Supervisor Murray. “That makes everyone who participates in our recycling program champions for the environment.”