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Recycle_090215.A.icmlTown of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board urge residents to clean out their garages, basements, 

attics and medicine chests, and take advantage of the enhanced STOP (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9:30 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at Michael J. Tully Park located at 1801 Evergreen Ave. in New Hyde Park.

Residents can return items such as aerosols, household chemicals, pesticides, disinfectants, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, bulbs, thermostats, rechargeable and lithium batteries, TVs and computers. Please bring oil-based paints only. Latex and water-based paints will not be accepted at the STOP collection site. Once dried out (usually 24 to 36 hours after the lid is removed), those paints can be placed in a trash bag and thrown out with your regular household garbage. Oil-based paints, on the other hand, are considered hazardous, and will be accepted at any STOP Collection Day program.

The Town of North Hempstead is proud to have been the first town in Nassau County to offer pharmaceutical collections, and residents have the opportunity to dispose of their unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals at each STOP event. In seven years, the town has diverted over seven tons of unwanted drugs from landfills and protected our drinking water. In addition to protecting our environment, the program prevents dangerous pharmaceuticals from getting into the wrong hands. By bringing this service to each community, North Hempstead strives
to keep its children and
environment safe.

During the Sept. 12 STOP event, North Hempstead residents can also safely shred and dispose of personal documents, thereby minimizing the opportunity for identity theft, while at the same time making an invaluable contribution to the protection of the environment. Residents are invited to shred any personal paper documents and credit cards free of charge. Any commercial business documents, including home offices, will not be accepted. Residents are reminded there is a limit of six Bankers-Box size boxes or bags of paper per car, per event. Once the documents are shredded, they will be placed into containers and sent directly to pulping mills. Every 2,000 pounds of paper the town recycles equates to 17 trees saved.

The Town of North Hempstead is proud to once again partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters to have a truck at the Sept. 12 STOP event. Big Brothers Big Sisters will be accepting gently used and working clothes, stuffed animals, electronics, toys, sporting equipment, shoes, books, small area rugs, bikes, scooters, luggage, picture frames, table lamps, bolts of fabric, silverware, glassware, dishes and cosmetics. Each resident will receive a receipt for their donation for income tax purposes.

For more information on the STOP program, please call 311 or email recycle@northhempsteadny.gov.

—Submitted by the
Town of North Hempstead

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