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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.


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

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Comment by Beth Lewis-Jackson on August 1, 2010 at 7:30pm
oh, thank you, I think that should work nicely. Can i come to get it?
Comment by Ben Larson-Wolbrink on July 30, 2010 at 9:31pm
Beth, I still have lots of packing paper from our move in January. Lots. It seems to be of a similar consistency to newspaper. Might that work for you?
Comment by Beth Lewis-Jackson on July 30, 2010 at 3:55pm
Looking for newpaper for large papier mache project, does anyone have any?
Comment by jMack on July 6, 2010 at 12:21pm
Comment by Prudence Posner on May 19, 2010 at 6:38am
The businesses have independent contracts with Royal, so it is difficult for the city to enforce recycling. Royal is supposed to stop collecting incorrectly handled recyclables, but that is left to the discretion of the workers on the trucks I suspect. It might be worthwhile for the Conservation Advisory Committee to meet with the Business Council or the Chamber of Commerce to discuss this issue. Come to the next CAC meeting at City Hall (downstairs police dept. classroom) 7 pm May 25.
Comment by jMack on April 22, 2010 at 10:32pm
It is the law. But enforcement by the law is low on their list of "things to do". Boycotting the restaurant would probably be more effective than being a snitch. Or maybe try to reason with the owner?
Comment by Beth Lewis-Jackson on February 20, 2010 at 8:25am
what do you do with shredded paper?
Comment by Sharon Watts on October 28, 2009 at 9:10am
Actually, Prudence, the site I mentioned is the same you're referring to which has the Poughkeepsie drop-off, so no need to go as far as Millbrook. Next one is soon, and you have to get your $5 in I think 5 days before the date. It's easy to find, just up Rt. 9 and turn left on that road. The dates are posted for all Dutchess County on the site.
Comment by Prudence Posner on October 28, 2009 at 7:37am
The hazardous waste pickups are usually county-wide collections at least in NYS. Dutchess has more dates than St. Lawrence County (once a year to get rid of your paint cans and old electronics stuff) even though we have to go to Millbrook. If someone wanted to start a sub-station - as long as there was some way to transport the stuff to the main station - hey go for it.
Comment by Birdy on October 27, 2009 at 11:38pm
Thanks that site is full of good information. Just wish there was one here.

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