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Saturday, April 22, 9:00am - 11:00am - Kick off Roadside Cleanup Week.  Come to the library to pick up your bags, gloves and pickers and have a cup of coffee and donuts on us!  A supply of bags will be at the library starting April 1 for any early birds!

Sunday, April 23, 3:00pm at the Library - Annual Meeting.  TREES, GLORIOUS TREES - how to save our most magnificent assets.  Expert Richard Buckley from Rutgers will be on hand to help us identify those nasty pests and diseases that are attacking our beautiful, mature trees.  There will be a field trip along the Durand Trail after his presentation for a hands-on identification and discussion.  This event is co-sponsored by the North Salem Conservation Advisory Council.  There will be a brief annual meeting before the start of the program.  If you have not paid your annual dues you may do so at the door.  Thank you!

Saturday, April 29, 10:00am - 2:00pm - Black Gold Day.  Best composted cow manure for your gardens.  For just a nominal $5 per bucket suggested donation, we will shovel and lift for you.  This event is made possible by the generosity of Peter Kamenstein of Three Ponds Farm.  Just follow our signs on April 29 to the farm on Finch Road.

Saturday, April 1, E-Waste Day was a huge success.  You filled the pod!







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

Plastic:           

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.

Paper:

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. 

METAL:

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

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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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