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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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Comment by Erika Waldron on April 6, 2010 at 7:57am
Shredded paper can be picked up with the mixed paper or composted.
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.
Comment by Sharon Watts on October 27, 2009 at 10:36pm
For those who might not be aware--Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency at 96 Sand Dock Rd. in Poughkeepsie has a scheduled drop-off Nov. 7 for things like hazardous waste, computers, etc. You need to preregister and send $5.
Comment by Birdy on October 27, 2009 at 9:23pm
Do we have a collection point for old batteries, the new bulbs, and old paint?
Comment by Prudence Posner on October 27, 2009 at 4:42pm
Apparently plastic bags (e.g. store shopping bags) do not recycle with the plastic, metal and glass and the instructions from Royal and from most haulers who do recycling are NOT to use plastic bags. You don't have to separate plastic from glass from metal. If you need a second green bin so you can separate paper (of all kinds) from metal, glass and plastic, they are readily available at the Transfer Station or you can use a plastic bin of your own, but use a marker to mark "R" for recycle on it so the haulers know to pick it up, dump it and return it to your front yard or driveway.
Comment by Prudence Posner on October 23, 2009 at 4:18pm
Thanks Sharon. The next Zero Waste Subcommittee meeting will be in November. Probably Nov 17. Give me your email address and I will send you a notice. The CAC meeting is the larger group and they meet at City Hall downstairs in the Police classroom at 7 pm Tuesday 10 27. I'm sure you would be welcome. In which thread are your concerns about Royal?
Comment by Sharon Watts on October 23, 2009 at 3:30pm
There was a TV news story too this past week, so Birdy's post probably is reflecting the coverage I've noticed. I believe the San Francisco reference was in the TV report. And I have already voiced my concerns about Royal, which is in another thread somewhere. So--a meeting next Tues?

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