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Town Board Initiates Recycling Program at Town Hall

Supervisor says town needs to set an example.

Montauk School students at the town recycling center in Montauk with artwork they designed for the center in 2013. Credit: Taylor K. Vecsey
Montauk School students at the town recycling center in Montauk with artwork they designed for the center in 2013. Credit: Taylor K. Vecsey

East Hampton Town Hall will be setting an example for the rest of the town on the recycling.

Supervisor Larry Cantwell said this green initiative stems from the first work session the new town board held on Tuesday. Cantwell, Deputy Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and council members Kathee Burke-Gonzalez, Sylvia Overby and Fred Overton discussed boosting public participation in recycling at the town’s recycling and sanitation facilities.

“The town needs to set an example,” Cantwell said in a statement. He noted the lack of recycling bins in Town Hall. “If we ask our residents to increase their recycling efforts, the town must do so, as well.”

The goal is to help protect the environment and reduce the town’s garbage-disposal expenses, Cantwell said.

What do you think of this initiative? Tell us in the comments below.

Peter Garnham January 10, 2014 at 09:32 AM
The Town has a $7.5 million composting facility that is empty and not being used. Successive Town Boards have failed to maintain the facility which would divert hundreds of tons of waste from being trucked out of town. Re-starting that plant would be the best example.
Carl Irace January 10, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Indeed, Peter. Recycling reduces both solid waste and energy waste, so it's important that Town Hall starts such a program. And composting has huge benefits, too. Composting reduces solid waste directly and also the wastes created by unnecessary transportation of solid waste by truck. Reducing our need for transportation reduces the amount our Town needs to pay carters and also reduces the amount of solid waste emitted by the trucks.
Thom Fleming January 10, 2014 at 07:03 PM
This is a great start, thank you , some people who actually care about the environment,nice!
Jerry S January 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Reopening the "Caldor East" on weekends would the ULTIMATE recycling success.
Art Lynch January 11, 2014 at 04:02 PM
I thought "Caldor East" on Springs Rd. was discontinued because of crowding (?) and/or "chaos". Seems like a waste not to reopen it as it did serve a useful purpose. If there's "loitering" going on and that's a problem, the Town should be able to address that somehow.
Jerry S January 11, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Art, my understanding is that there was a difficulty getting an employee to man the area and do the clean up at the end of the day, but the service to the community and reduction in waste is HUGE! I would love to see it back on weekends w better enforcement

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