Saturday, April 28, E-Waste Day, 10:00am - 2:00pm.  Last year was a huge success.  You filled the pod!  More electronic items to recycle this spring?  No problem. North Salem residents may bring them to 66 June Road for e-waste recycling.  More details below and on our events page. 

North Salem Improvement Society kicked off the town’s Roadside Cleanup Week on Saturday April 14 at Ruth Keeler Library where residents picked up their plastic bags, gloves, pickers and free donuts. Among those who stopped by were sixth grader Meghan Ledley and her mom, Girl Scout leader Jen Ledley, whose sixth grade troop #2024 has cleaned up Joe Bohrdrum park for at least four years. “The girls have all said it’s our favorite troop activity,” says co-leader Shannon Valletta. “The girls think it’s funny when they find beer cans and a poopy diaper one year. They’ve also found car tires and street signs, and are always amazed at how many cigarette butts they find.”  One resident, who started earlier in the week, single-handedly tackled Bloomer Road and may have made a new record for number of bags filled.  Thank you Margie Hamburg!  It was also good to see some of our local officials pitch in - Warren Lucas and Martin Aronchick.


By late morning, several members of NSIS moved onto their annual black gold event, made possible by the generosity of another town official, Peter Kamenstein.  At his Three Ponds Farm, volunteers, including two high school students fulfilling their community service quotas, filled buckets and bags with composted cow manure for a donation to the society.  Kudos to Willow Bennett and Eric Lange our student volunteers.


Both events were successful and by mid-afternoon the town streets were dotted with bright orange clean up bags stuffed with garbage. Residents can continue to pick up garbage and leave curbside through next Sunday April 22.  The town highway department will be picking up the bags as roads are completed. If anyone needs more bags, please stop by the library; you may use any color bag you have.  Hopefully every road in town will be dotted with bags, and, more hopefully, there will be less need to repeat as people will be reminded to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle responsibly!  


Left:  Martin Aronchick, Warren Lucas, Peter Bliss, Cynthia Curtis, Amy Post, Paul McCabe, Gail Pantezzi and Susan Baum Moyer greeted folks at the Keeler Library and handed out supplies for the annual Road-Side Litter CleanUp Event.

Left:  Willow Bennett, Eric Lange, Peter Kamenstein, Peter Bliss, Tim Purdy and Cynthia Curtis at Three Ponds shoveling composted cow manure!
Right:  Troop 2024 - Anna Fetterolf, Allegra DelliCarpini, Lili Valletta, Becca Weigle, Molly Videla, Georgia Rubini, Erin Bartels, Meghan Ledley.  Missing - Claire Jolley and Eowyn Keenan.

Thank you everyone for two great events!

2017 Ewaste:

Single-Stream Recycling has arrived in North Salem!  Most of your waste may now be recycled in one easy method - comingled.  Milk cartons, ice-cream and take out containers, books (paperback and hard cover), aerosol cans, buckets and tubs, rigid plastic like Little Tikes toys, empty chemical containers, plates and vases, window panes, and the list goes on.....!  Recycle it all.  Below is the complete list, including all the NO items.  A handy copy is also attached.  You might want to print it and post it right next to your old garbage can to remind everyone that recycling is easy!

No separating or tying up papers and cardboard with string.  Just put it all in one large container or clear or blue plastic bag and put it out on your regular garbage day.  The town is having Stickers printed that say Recycling so that you can convert your old black garbage cans into recycling cans because once you start shifting to recycling you will have so little garbage to put out.  

Some of the items in the NO column may be recycled at the town facilities.  Our E-Waste container is available for all your electronics - see separate list on our Events page. Call 914-669-5110 to arrange your drop-off. Batteries, motor oils and lead acid batteries go to highway.  Call them at 914-669-5310 to schedule your drop-off.  And the County sponsors Household Chemical drop-off days - check the county website.

See some of the Questions and Answers to the single stream recycling below this box

Recycling Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  Lots of people don't understand the NO styrofoam.  Is it all styrofoam or just the big packing stuff?  

A:  No Styrofoam of any kind


Q:  What about shrink wrap type of plastic, such as (clean) Saran Wrap or packing wrap that would go around a palate of boxes? 

A:  Yes, recycle

Q:  What about the wrap that is used for packaging a 10 pack of toilet paper, and it’s all wrapped with see-through plastic?  

A:  Yes, recycle

Q:  Any bags, even without a recycling symbol on them?  Grocery bags?  Bread bags?  Dry cleaner plastic bags?

A:  All plastic bags are recyclable

Q:  The see-through plastic part on top of a tissue box?  Does this no longer need to be removed before recycling? 

A:  You do not need to remove the plastic part, same with envelopes with plastic windows.

Q:  Prescription pill bottles – the caps also? 

A:  Pill bottles and caps are recyclable

Q:  What about the piece that comes with the milk cartons?  Not the cap, the part with the ring that you tear off to open the spout? 

A:  Yes, recycle.


Q:  If shredded paper has staples is that okay?  How about shredded credit cards? 

A:  Yes, recycle

Q:  Are cleaned paper plates okay?  Even the type with the glossy coating? 

A:  Yes, recycle

Q:  Paper coffee cups, even if they sometimes have a bit of a glossy waxy coating on them?

A:  Yes, recycle.

Q:  May CDs, CD-Rs, DVDs, and DVD-Rs all go in with our recycling?  We don’t need to put them in E-Cycle anymore? 

A:  Yes, recycle. 


Q:  Steel Bottle Caps – Is the type with the rubbery material on the inside, like you would find on a bottle of orange juice or Coke bottle okay? 

A:  The whole bottle cap is recyclable


Dear Neighbor,

This year, 2016, the North Salem Improvement Society marks its eighty-fifth year.  Few people realize the extent of the Society’s involvement in our community since its founding in 1931.  For a sampling of our accomplishments. please visit the History page.
The Society strives to keep everyone up-to-date on the latest information on handling waste and recycling materials, energy saving tips, how to “go green” and “live green,” and so much more.  This information is contained in our newsletters, copies of which are available at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library.  We've published four newsletter in this series.  Please see the Newsletter link on the left.  Recycling is so important if for no other reason than the cost of garbage collection!  Because North Salem is falling behind in recycling, our collection costs have gone up!  Do you know about the new E-Waste program?  It's so easy.....please see the information and list of acceptable items above.

But the Society is only as strong and successful as its membership and that is why we are constantly reaching out to you to join us and volunteer whatever time you may have to broaden our list of projects. Please consider completing the enclosed membership form and sending it back with your contribution.

Thank you.

The Directors, Peter Bliss, Cynthia Curtis, Paul McCabe, Susan Baum Moyer, Gail Pantezzi,  Lulu Pelosi,
Amy Post Scurlock, Tim Purdy, Rosemary Brown, Edris Scherer and Xenia von Lilien-Waldau
To join, see Membership.  To view our four Newsletters with valuable information on Reduce, Reuse and Recycle please click on Newsletters in the left column.  Copies are available at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library.

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