WHAT TO DO WITH ??
PLASTIC BAGS - New York has baned single use plastic bags. 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 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.
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, or, recyle most batteries at call2recycle.org
BOOKS - Once a year the Library accepts gentyly used books. For the rest of the time, visit BetterWorldBooks
CARDS - GREETING CARDS - Recycle some card fronts at stjudesranch.org
CELLPHONES - See PHONES below.
CLOTHING - Donate your clothing by using the bin at the Lions Club Community Center or similar locations
CLOTHING: WEDDING DRESSES - Sell your wedding dress at stillwhite.com
CLOTHING: BRAS - Donate at brarecycling.com
EYEGLASSES - North Salem Lions collect eyeglasses; see their drop boxes in public places like M&T Bank. Also, consider myvision.org
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 putnam.cce.cornell.edu
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 Garbage and Recycling Schedule on 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 the Garbage and Recycling Schedule on the 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
MATTRESSES - visit byebyemattress.com
MOTOR OIL - Any garage will accept motor oil for recycling including our Highway garage.
PHONES - Recycle cell phones at call2recycle.org
PIANOS - visit pianoadoption.com
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 email@example.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.
NYSE&G Recycles working Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioners - see here - Appliance Recycling Program
Old refrigerators and air conditioners waste electricity. Check out this program to save electricity with free pick-up
IF YOU DON’T SEE IT HERE, TRY THIS LINK FOR RECYCLING OPTIONS BY ZIP CODE: earth911.com
SEE BELOW FOR THE FOLLOWING:
DUAL STREAM FOR TOWN OF NORTH SALEM
E-WASTE COLLECTION LIST OF ACCEPTABLE ITEMS
PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL
EVERYTHING ELSE !
NEW WAY TO DISPOSE OF GENTLY USED ITEMS
and this time it benefits the Westchester County Historical Society
Pick up the key from the North Salem Town Clerk, 266 Titicus Road
ACCEPTABLE E-WASTE MATERIALS
Batteries - Rechargeable
Cables & IT accessories
Computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, webcams, speakers, microphones)
Fluorescent Lamps, not bulbs
Lab & medical electronics
Mobile devices (cell Phones, Tablets, PDAs, MP3 players)
Printers & plotters (ink, toner, & cartridges)
Routers & switches
Servers & server racks
Storage devices (external hard drives, solid state drives, SD cards, memory cards, card readers)
Video & audio equipment
Wiring & Cabling
UNACCEPTABLE E-WASTE MATERIALS
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)
Small appliances (toasters, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, irons, hair dryers)
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.
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.