This holiday season, while you're thinking about spending time around your green tree, think green as in being environmentally friendly as well.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilman Angelo P. Ferrara are asking North Hempstead residents to recycle used Christmas trees and any unwanted electronics.
"Tree cycling benefits the environment and the community," Supervisor Kaiman said, noting that old trees are turned into mulch for use in gardening and landscaping. "And recycling your electronic waste is a win, win undertaking, freeing up valuable space while keeping damaging materials like lead, mercury and arsenic out of landfills, thus keeping toxins out of our drinking water."
Town officials also recommend that residents become an environmental Scrooge this holiday season by switching to energy-saving Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights, which ultimately lowers electric bills.
Residents can dump energy-gulping Christmas lights every Sunday from 9:30am to 3:30pm until the end of January at 999 West Shore Road in Roslyn, North Hempstead's residential drop-off site.
For more information on "Tree-Cycling", call 311 or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov.
Kaiman reminds those fortunate enough to snag that electronic gizmo they've been eyeing for months to recycle their unwanted electronic gadgets, whether it's outdated or just simply seen better days.
Part of the groundbreaking, award-winning School Recycling Partnership Program, this e-waste initiative is made possible through a partnership with the schools to establish it in each district.
Following are the e-waste collection dates, and drop-off locations:
300 New Hyde Park Road
Wednesday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 27
Hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
E-waste disposal is available to residents every Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the drop-off facility located at 999 West Shore Rd, Roslyn.