to all who joined us on Saturday, April 26, at the library for our annual meeting and 2021 Earth Day celebration.  Andrea Good and Pam Pooley along with other members of the town's conservation advisory council gave a demonstration on how to properly remove invasive species and in their place plant native plants.  A river beach and several perennials were planted behind the library with more to come.  Joining us was Andrew Middlebrook from the Open Land Foundation with information on their Pollinator Pathway program.  Photo by Tom Walogorsky of the North Salem News.

Earth Day Alert:  NYS Launches Recycling Website:  Check it out here - https://recyclerightny.org/


Kudos to all who hit the roads and collected roadside litter.  We almost ran out of orange bags!  But, we still have a few areas to do.  Please let us know if you have time and need orange bags.  We will drop off or make easy pick-up.

E-WASTE 2021

We filled five bins with recyclable electronics.  We are also collecting more information on what to do with microwave ovens, lamps, and other electronics that cannot go into the bins from the company the town selected.  Scroll down for information on what to do with unwanted items you cannot recycle under the town's contract.


North Salem Shopping Bags
The Improvement Society did a bulk purchase of bags with a North Salem logo on them.  
They collapse into a small, easy-to-carry pocket.  We sell them at cost, only $4.   A free bag for anyone who joins.  Only $20 for annual membership.

Reusable Straw Set
Forget plastic straws and consider your own set of reusable ones.  Only $2.  A free set for new members. 

We will have both of these at our Annual Meeting event at the library later this spring.  

Contact us anytime at northsalemimprovementsociety@gmail.com

Check out our list below for what to do with items the town will not accept for recycling.

Dual Stream Recycling will take a lot of recyclable goods, see the Events page for the flyer.  But what about all the items the town does not recycle?  Here are some tips.  But first, sometimes it may be best to simply
Choose not to purchase products wrapped in plastic
Wash and reuse the plastic you already have
Carry reusable shopping bags with you at all times.

A complete list of RECYCLING and  E-WASTE ITEMS and flyer for SHREDDER, are on our Events page, see left column.

PLASTIC BAGS - New York is now banning single use plastic bags and some grocery stores are no longer accepting plastic bags for recycling.  But some are.  We are compiling a list of stores still accepting plastic bags and will post soon
    DeCicco's in Brewster, blue bins at store exits
It’s time to switch to reusable bags.  The Improvement Society did a bulk purchase of bags with a North Salem logo on them.  They collapse into a small, easy-to-carry pocket.  We sell them at cost, only $4.  Contact us.

APPLE PRODUCTS AND OTHER SIMILAR DEVICES - Apple has their own recycling program and it's not just for Apple devices.  100% recycled and privacy protected.  You submit details and they send you a box for free shipping.  Gift cards given for items with value.  To go https://www.apple.com/shop/trade-in

BATTERIES - Town residents may bring car batteries to the Highway Department's garage for proper disposal.   Rechargeable batteries may be brought to E-Waste for recycling.

CLOTHING - Donate your clothing by using the bin at the Lions Club Community Center or similar locations

SHOES - DSW accepts slightly used shoes.  dsw.com/en/us/content/give-a-pair

FOOD WASTE - Build you own compost bins; it’s easy.  Cornell Cooperative Extension shows you how at http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/gardening/compost-resources

FURNITURE -   See list of Places for Donations below

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS - Westchester County - check out their website for information at westchestergov.com  Environmental Facilities - household-material-recovery-days

HOLIDAY TREES -  Every year in January the town sets a collection day.  Check the town website at northsalemny.org.

INK AND TONER CARTRIDGES - places that sell these items will generally collect for recycling, like Staples.  Or bring to the E-Waste bin.

LEAVES - The town’s carting company will pick up grass and leaves on specified Wednesdays. Use biodegradable bags, put at curbside by 6:00am, no larger than 30 gallons; limit of 20 bags per house per month.    See town website for details, northsalemny.org

Leaves if you live on Town road - Highway picks up leaves for anyone on a Town road.  This service commences around the beginning of October and ends at the first snow.  Pile leaves at the edge of the road.

FLUORESCENT LIGHTS - Places like Home Depot usually recycle.  Check for a drop box.  Or bring to the E-Waste bin.

LARGE AND SMALL APPLIANCES - When you buy a new large appliance, arrange for pick-up of the old one.  We are working on options for small appliances and will update later.  Here's the start of our list:

MOTOR OIL - Any garage will accept motor oil for recycling including our Highway garage.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS - Dispose of them in the town’s special recycling bin at 66 June Road.  It’s open during regular Court office hours Monday - Friday

STRAWS - instead of plastic consider reusable straws.  The Improvement Society did a bulk purchase and they are available for purchase, at cost.  Just $2.00  Contact us at northsalemimprovementsociety@gmail.com

WINE CORKS --  Synthetic corks and screwcaps go straight into the recycling bin.  But not natural cork - there are many reusable and recyclable options.
    You can add to your compost bin.
    You can donate to companies that make shoes, bags, flooring, etc. out of them:  Recork at recork.com and/or Cork Forest Conservation Alliance at corkforest.org.  Check their websites for drop off locations.
    You can mail corks free of charge to another recycling company, CorkClub, at corkclub.com.
    Check local recreation departments who may collect them for craft projects for senior and kids -- they make trivets, wreaths, corkboards, etc.

Also, there are several companies that are providing alternative products, like https://zerowastecartel.com/.  We are not promoting any company but would like to list any that have products that someone has used and would recommend sharing their website info with others.  
Please help us grow the list.

YOUR HELP NEEDED:  If you know about options for the following items we would love to hear from you:  Mirrors, Light bulbs, Pyrex, Styrofoam, Tile, Tires and Wood, or any other items that can be recycled and are not listed on the reverse side.  

Here are some PLACES FOR DONATIONS that take a variety of goods:

Habitat for Humanity, Danbury, CT  (Habitat ReStore accepts new and gently used appliances, furniture, building materials (brick, stone, molding, etc.), household goods, light fixtures, ceramic tile, framed art, unopened paint cans, hardware bits and pieces, rolls of wallpaper and fabric, etc.  Each ReStore is unique and many locations also accept items outside these categories.)  They use the money raised to build or rehab houses for deserving people in need.  

    Housatonic HFH, 51 Austin Street, Danbury, CT  06811  ---  https://www.habitat.org/restores/donate-goods


The Women’s Civic Club of Katonah runs a Thrift Shop.  They don’t accept furniture but you can provide a photo for a bulletin board in the shop.  You can donate or consign housewares of every description.  They also have clothing, baby gear, etc.  The shop keepers are volunteer-members, and we believe all proceeds go to local high school scholarships.


The Eagle Eye Thrift Shop in Brewster.  Some furniture, household items, clothing.  All are donations.  Shop is run by volunteers.  Proceeds go to the Putnam County hospital.


The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Danbury.  This store has been re-done.  Lots and lots of clothing, housewares, linens and draperies, furniture.   Proceeds to the Salvation Army.


The Thrift Shop in Mt. Kisco on Lexington Ave.  Proceeds to Northern Westchester Hospital.


Goodwill Store in Brookfield on Federal Road and also in Danbury.  They also take donated books and sell them on-line as well as in the store.  They accept everything, as a donation.  And give a receipt.


The Ridgefield, Ct. Thrift Store.  Donations.  Everything. 


In lieu of the usual Christmas Eve festivities we hosted Drive-By visit of the magical North Salem Winter Wonderland with additional trees  and even some carolers.  Santa helped spread holiday cheer atop a beautiful antique sleigh fully decorated for all to enjoy.  

Our local community organizations did something special this past holiday since we could not have the usual on-site, up close and personal event that we usually host.

We handed out Santa’s treats from the side of the road to open car windows.  

The decorated trees were up for two weeks beginning Monday, December 21, coming down January 3.  Each tree had a different theme decorated by our local, community organizations.  It was a whole community event!

Organization Trees:  Ambulance Corps, Booster Club, Boy Scouts Troop #4, Bridal Trail Association, CFFD Ladies Auxiliary, Foundation for Learning, Girl Scouts Troup #1144, #2852, #2952, Goldens Bridge Hounds, Historical Society, Improvement Society, Keeler Library, Lions, Open Land Foundation, PTO - PQ, PTO - Middle/High School, Republican Club, Senior Citizens.  

From the archives:

E-Waste:  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.  E-Waste recycling is free for all North Salem residents thanks to the town who picks up the tab for those monster TVs that fill the pod!  Monday through Friday pick up the key from the town clerk to gain access to the pod.

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:


Dear Neighbor,

This year, 2020, the North Salem Improvement Society marks its eighty-ninth 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.  Reducing, Reusing and Recycling is so important if for no other reason than the cost of garbage collection!  Working with the town we hope to be expanding our E-Waste collection program this year.

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, and Edris Scherer.
To join, see Membership
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