NEW WAY TO DISPOSE OF GENTLY USED ITEMS

and this time it benefits the Westchester County Historical Society

The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. does on-line auctions of furniture, collectibles, art, and more which can be designated to benefit WCHS. The historical society receives the proceeds of donated items, and the donor gets a receipt for tax purposes. Win, win!

If you're looking to donate, you can email photos of your items to us, and we’ll let you know if they are suitable for the online auctions. We can also help with getting the items to the Foundation’s warehouse location in Mount Kisco. The items the Foundation doesn’t accept include fire arms, electronics, beds, exercise equipment, sleep sofas, and items that are in poor condition or damaged beyond repair.

WCHS was recently contacted by a homeowner wishing to donate a small estate. We arranged for the pick-up and delivery of the items to the Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. The treasures were sold in several online auctions. The outcome? Several thousand dollars for WCHS and a nice tax deduction for the donor!

Contact us at 914-231-1401

SEE BELOW FOR THE FOLLOWING:

DUAL STREAM FOR TOWN OF NORTH SALEM

E-WASTE COLLECTION LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ITEMS

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL

EVERYTHING ELSE !

E-WASTE DROP-OFF

Pick up the key from the North Salem Town Clerk, 266 Titicus Road

ACCEPTABLE E-WASTE MATERIALS

Batteries - Rechargeable

Business Machines

Cables & IT accessories

Cameras

Computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, webcams, speakers, microphones)

Computers

Copiers

Electronics Scrap

Fax Machines

Fluorescent Lamps, not bulbs

Gaming devices

GPS units

Lab & medical electronics

Laptops

Mainframe/ Midrange

Mobile devices (cell Phones, Tablets, PDAs, MP3 players)

Monitors

Networking Gear

Phone systems

Power supplies

Printers & plotters (ink, toner, & cartridges)

Routers & switches

Scanners

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

Televisions

Terminals

Typewriters

UPS

Video & audio equipment

Wiring & Cabling


UNACCEPTABLE E-WASTE MATERIALS

Carbon monoxide detectors

Dehumidifiers

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

Liquids

Microwave ovens

PCB ballasts

Propane tanks

Radioactive materials

Small appliances (toasters, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, irons, hair dryers)

Smoke detectors

Wet cell batteries/Alkaline

PRESCRIPTION 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.

WHAT TO DO WITH ??

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:

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 $4.00 and we give them away to new members. Please 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

APPLIANCES LARGE AND SMALL - 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:

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.

LIGHTS, FLUORESCENT - Places like Home Depot usually recycle. Check for a drop box. Or bring to the E-Waste bin. Also see, savers.com/donate/what-we-take

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.

IF YOU DON’T SEE IT HERE, TRY THIS LINK FOR RECYCLING OPTIONS BY ZIP CODE: earth911.com