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Zero Waste and Recycling


Zero Waste and Recycling

We would like to enlarge the conversation about recycling and composting in Beacon. The Zero Waste Subcommittee is part of the Conservation Advisory Committee for City Council.

Location: Police HQ classroom 7 pm fourth Tuesday
Members: 65
Latest Activity: Jan 4, 2015

What you can recycle in Beacon

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Mixed Paper - newspapers, glossy inserts, magazines, junk mail, telephone books, mied office paper, dry food boxes, shoe boxes, paper egg cartons, flattened cardboard (no larger than 3 ft x 3 ft. MUST BE CLEAN OF FOOD RESIDUE. DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS.

Plastic Containers
- #s 1,2,3,5,7 & 9 only (check bottom of container). NO caps/lids, rinse and flatten where possible, NO food particles or liquids. DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS.

Glass bottles and Jars - unbroken and clean. NO caps or lids. All colors accepted. DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS.

Metal Food Cans and Aluminum Foil - must be clean of food residue/rinsed. Do NOT flatten cans. DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS.

If you do not have an endless supply of paper bags for your Mixed Paper trash, call 831-4390 for an additional green recycling bin (one for paper, one for cans, plastic and glass).

DO NOT INCLUDE aerosol cans, broken glass, ceramics, coat hangers, dishes, disposable diapers, fish bowls, flower pots, foam plastics, fuel tanks, gas cans, headlights, laundry baskets, light bulbs, mirrors, paint cans, plastic bags, plastic toys, pyrex, scrap metal items. These go to the Transfer Center or other non-recyclable collection point.

Check the discussion board re hazardous waste products and electronics. A call to the Transfer Station will get up to date answers re disposal for most items.


Compost! 14 Replies

Dear Residents of BeaconA SurveyDo you compost?What would it take to get you to compost?Do you have or wish you had a garden? Thanks for your time!Continue

Started by Kim. Last reply by Adam Liebowitz Jan 23, 2013.

Shredding service 3 Replies

Has anyone used one of these?  I see that recycles what they shred.  Comments?

Started by Joan Martorano. Last reply by Birdy Jan 14, 2011.

ads in my mailbox 7 Replies

Is there anyway to stop the onslaught of fliers from every local supermarket, etc that ends up in my mailbox? They are recycled of course but I get nauseous whenever I think of all the wasted…Continue

Started by jMack. Last reply by Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit Jan 13, 2011.


I google google google this all the time, but cannot seem to find a place. Has anyone successfully donated books in our area?Best,MaryContinue

Started by Mary Kickel. Last reply by Danielle La Colla Sep 7, 2010.

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Comment by Stowe Boyd on August 22, 2012 at 11:09am

Key food will take clean shopping bags, but that's all.

Comment by Sarah Boyd on August 22, 2012 at 10:48am

Since I can't recycle lightbulbs, styrofoam, and plastic bags/ plastic sheeting, how can I dispose of these things without putting them in the trash? Does the transfer station accept these materials? If so, does anyone know when they accept them? Thanks for you help. 

Comment by Sarah Boyd on June 11, 2012 at 9:10am

We bought an appliance that came with styrofoam packaging. Does anyone know what to do with that?

Comment by Anna West on April 27, 2012 at 1:30pm

Textile Recycling Drive

April 28th 9AM to 1PM


Accepting if clean: clothing, hats, shoes, curtains, belts, handbags, towels and other linens. Clean in bags. At Sargent Elementary School. lower parking lot, right off 9D South at the sign. Funds raised will benefit Sargent Elementary School.

Comment by Sharon Watts on October 28, 2010 at 2:42pm
Erika~ can you doublecheck the link? Not connecting.
Comment by Sharon Watts on October 11, 2010 at 8:35am
I mentioned earlier the idea of a free store, but here's a way to do it for one day:

A chance for communities to use May 15 as a day to have a "free store." Check it out. I know May's a long way away...but!
Comment by Sharon Watts on October 11, 2010 at 8:30am
Philomena~ if you can't find a place, consider saving it until the next Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day at the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency in Poughkeepsie. or call 845-463-6020.
Comment by Philomena on October 10, 2010 at 10:28pm
So what to do with an HP multi-function inkjet printer that no longer works ? Any suggestions on how it can be recycled locally ?
Comment by Ben Larson-Wolbrink on September 6, 2010 at 8:47pm
We're looking for a crib. Anyone have one they'd like to get rid of?
Comment by jMack on August 2, 2010 at 11:06am
You can buy newsprint, on rolls, from the folks that print the Beacon Free Press (in Wappingers Falls). Rolls vary in size, sold by the pound.

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