Become a part of a world-wide effort to protect and save our environment. Simply follow these simple guidelines to help "Pitch In" for a better tomorrow! If you are not sure what day of the week is your recycling pickup day, or if you have any questions about recycling, please call the Recycling Division at (516) 378-4210, phone prompt #3.
When in doubt, leave it out of your recycling bin! Unacceptable items are considered “contaminants” and will be rejected at the sorting facility. Please be mindful when sorting your recyclables to only include accepted materials. Place your recyclables loosely in your bins – refrain from using plastic bags to hold the items. Plastic bags slow the recycling process and create issues for recycling plants. Items must be cleaned and not soiled, for example pizza boxes with grease cannot be recycled.
Remember to follow the Do’s and Don’ts of recycling. Not following these guidelines will cause contamination, resulting in the disposal of your recyclables as garbage. If there is no effort to adhere to the recycling guidelines, your recycling will not be collected and will be left at your curb. Please refer to the following chart for more information.
Place items loosely in your bin,
not in a plastic bag!
|An Easy Guide to Recycling|
|Item||Acceptable Items||How to Prepare Items for Collection|
|Plastics #1 & #2 Only||Plastic bottles and jugs (marked with #1 or #2 only, located on the bottom of containers)
|Cans & Glass||Aluminum, steel and tin cans, glass bottles and jars||Empty and rinse containers|
|Mixed Paper||Newspapers, magazines, copy paper, color inserts||Tie and bundle next to recycling bin|
|Cardboard||Corrugated (shipping boxes) and non-corrugated (cereal boxes, etc.)||Break down and bundle next to recycling bin|
|Not Acceptable Items|
|#3 through #7 plastics, plastic bags, straws, plastic chairs & toys, aluminum foil, plastic & metal cutlery, wire & plastic hangers, batteries, light bulbs, telephone books, Styrofoam, soiled pizza boxes|
Note: If your recycling bin is returned with any remaining materials, these items cannot be recycled and should be discarded in your regular refuse. Do not use plastic bags for recyclables.
If you need to replace your damaged bin, kindly bring it with you for exchange to the Dept. of Sanitation, Collection Division, 1600 Merrick Road, Merrick, Monday through Friday 9am to 3:00pm (with the exception of town-observed holidays)
If you are a new resident and require bins, please contact (516) 378-4210, prompt #3.
Due to weather conditions it is the Dept. of Sanitation's recommendation that residents should put their address on both sides of their recycle containers.
As the spring season starts, many Long Island boaters and marina staff will begin readying vessels for the warmer weather by shedding the plastic shrink wrap that is used to protect boats throughout the winter. Hempstead Town continues to offer residents and commercial marinas an environmentally friendly method to dispose of shrink wrap. The Sanitation Department's facility in Merrick, located at 1600 Merrick Road, will host a container to collect the shrink wrap. Commercial marinas and residential boat owners may deposit the plastic material between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday, and weekends from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (except town-observed holidays). Shrink wrap deposited for recycling must be clean, with all lumber, rope, nails and garbage removed from the plastic. All marina operators and recreational boat owners in the Town of Hempstead are encouraged to recycle and keep shrink wrap out of landfills. Recycled shrink wrap can be given new life as plastic lumber, plastic bags, lawn edging, and plastic benches.
"Grasscycling" is a simple and natural management practice that diverts grass clippings from the solid waste stream. Instead of raking, bagging, and putting grass clippings out for disposal, grass clippings are left on the lawn to be recycled.
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Leaf mulching is another low-cost way to keep organic waste out of landfills. By shredding leaves with your lawnmower and leaving them in place on your lawn, the leaves will continue to decompose, adding valuable nutrients to the soil. Leaf mulching also saves residents time, as there is no need to rake and bag up fallen leaves.