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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 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?
Comment by Prudence Posner on October 23, 2009 at 2:59pm
Thanks Sharon - unfortunately your link didn't work, but it is an interesting article and I think you can get it just by going to the NYT and putting in a search for "zero waste".
Comment by Birdy on October 23, 2009 at 1:09pm
This week is No Impact week, where they are encouraging us to limit our impact on the environment. On Monday, you were supposed to carry around all the trash you make so that you realized how much trash you make. Pretty interesting experiment. I know my compost takes a lot of food trash from my waste impact.

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