Saturday, April 24, 11:00am; Rain Date Sunday, April 25 at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library.  Our annual meeting and Special Presentation - 2021 Earth Day Tree Planting - How to grow a Healthy Garden.  Andrea Good and Pam Pooley from the town's Conservation Advisory Council will demonstrate how you can restore land from a tangle of invasive plants to a pollinator habitat.  Free plugs will be handed out.  The Open Land Foundation will be on hand with valuable handouts and the Improvement Society will be handing out free bags and reusable straws.  Please stop by for this quick meeting and special demonstration.  More details will follow.

See info below about how to dispose of medications.
See the list below for what E-Waste is acceptable and what is not.
See guidelines below for Shredder. 

TOWN RECYCLABLE AND NON-RECYCLABLE ITEMS.  See below for E-Waste list and Shredder instructions

Drug Disposal


Any prescription or over-the-counter pills, liquids, ointments, and lotions as well as pet medications can be disposed with household garbage according to the proper protocol laid out by the New York State Department of Conservation:

  • Mix medications (do not crush tablets or capsules) with water and then add salt, ashes, dirt, cat litter, coffee grounds, or another undesirable substance, to avoid accidental or intentional misuse of drugs. To prevent unintentional consumption by scavenging humans, pets, or wildlife, do not conceal discarded drugs in food.
  • Hide all medications in an outer container, such as sealable bag, box or plastic tub to prevent discovery and removal from the trash. Seal the container with strong tape.
  • Dispose of drugs as close to your trash collection day as possible to avoid misuse and/or misdirection.

Alternatively, drugs may be brought to a participating police department.  For North Salem, the drug disposal unit is in the lobby at 66 June Road.

Improper disposal
Never dispose of medications by flushing them down the drain or toilet. Doing so can taint local waterways and cause harm to those ecosystems. It is important to only flush toilet paper and human waste down the toilet.

Batteries - Rechargeable
Business Machines
Cables & IT accessories
Computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, webcams, speakers, microphones)
Electronics Scrap
Fax Machines
Fluorescent Lamps, not bulbs
Gaming devices
GPS units
Lab & medical electronics
Mainframe/ Midrange
Mobile devices (cell Phones, Tablets, PDAs, MP3 players)
Networking Gear
Phone systems
Power supplies
Printers & plotters (ink, toner, & cartridges)
Routers & switches
Scientific Equipment
Security equipment
Servers & server racks
Stereo equipment
Storage devices (external hard drives, solid state drives, SD cards, memory cards, card readers)
Telecommunications Equipment
Video & audio equipment
Wiring & Cabling

Carbon monoxide detectors
Devices containing liquid mercury (thermostats, switches, medical devices, thermometers)
Freon containing devices/materials (refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers)
Gas powered equipment
Household hazardous waste
Large appliances (stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers)
Light bulbs
Microwave ovens
PCB ballasts
Propane tanks
Radioactive materials
Small appliances (toasters, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, irons, hair dryers)
Smoke detectors
Wet cell batteries/Alkaline


If you are a member, you will receive email reminders.  Please consider becoming a member.  It's only $20 per year!

New "Entering North Salem" signs have been installed.  We'll never understand what motivates them, but vandals damaged and totally destroyed four of our gateway signs last year.  All totaled, six of eight signs were down!  We have not been defeated, however. We ordered new and slightly improved signs this spring and they are up!
Cynthia Curtis,
Dec 18, 2014, 2:03 PM