Dan Lilkas-Rain Named State Recycler of the Year for 2016!
Dan Lilkas-Rain, Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Bethlehem, was named the top New York State Recycler for 2016 in Cooperstown on Nov. 4. Continue reading...
More about food scraps composting in Town: http://townofbethlehem.org/609/Food-Scraps
We have led the way with household hazardous waste and electronics programs, our yard waste collection and composting program is unparalleled in the region, and most recently the Town has begun helping lead the state in clothing and textile reuse and recycling, including receiving an EPA award and State Senate Legislative Resolution.
Recycling is beneficial to our community, the environment and the economy. It’s also required by law for all businesses and residents. We have made good progress, but there is still a long way to go before reaching Town and State goals for recycling.
What to Recycle?
Certain items must be recycled by law, and there are a variety of other items that should be reused, recycled or composted. List of mandatory and other recyclables for all businesses and residents in the Town of Bethlehem.
How and Where to Recycle?
The private waste haulers in town now collect recyclable materials together in one single stream container (see slideshow about the single stream recycling facility). In addition to the standard recyclables, there are several more types of items that can now be accepted for recycling including:
The Town’s Transfer Station remains a “dual stream” facility, where different categories of materials are separated by residents and businesses before recycling at the station. This allows for significantly less contamination than with single stream, and can provide valuable revenue for the town by material type.
Bethlehem’s Spring “Recycle Fest” a Successful Community Collaboration
Over 22 tons of material collected for reuse and recycling
Delmar, NY – The Town of Bethlehem’s “Spring Recycle Fest” on Saturday, April 9, 2016 saw 574 households participating and recycled a total of 44,780 lbs (or more than 22 tons), which averages out to roughly 5 lbs for every household in the entire Town. Over $1,000 in donations was also raised to support Bethlehem Central School District Environmental Programs and the Bethlehem Food Pantry.The event was a collaboration between the Town of Bethlehem Highway, Recycling/Sanitation, and Senior Services Departments; Bethlehem Central School District Green Team; the Delmar Farmer's Market; Grassroot Givers; American Clothing Company; JGS Recycling; Cascade Recovery and 3N Document Destruction.
Individual categories of materials collected at the event include clothing, textiles and footwear: 5,293 lbs collected for reuse and recycling (wearable clothing will be re-worn; non-wearable clothing/non-reusable textiles will be cut into wiping rags or shredded into fiber for use as auto sound insulation, carpet padding, stuffing, etc.).
Residents can continue to donate clothing, footwear and other textiles for reuse or recycling throughout the year (such as linens, stuffed animals, loose fabric, backpacks, and even ripped, stained or damaged items like missing buttons or a broken zipper—as long as they are not wet or contaminated) with the American Clothing company in their blue collection bins throughout Town, including the bins at the Elm Ave CDTA Park and Ride, the Kenwood Avenue Municipal Parking Lot near Four Corners (between Hughes Opticians and Applebee Funeral Home), and the Town’s Rupert Rd Transfer Station. Proceeds from these locations benefit the Town.
Electronics, appliances and scrap metal: 24,407 lbs were collected for recycling by JGS Recycling of Waterford. Residents can continue to recycle electronics (for FREE), and appliances and scrap metal items for a fee throughout the year at the Town’s Rupert Rd Transfer Station.
The textile collection portion of the event is part of “Re-Clothe NY,” a statewide campaign to promote clothing and textile recycling. Visit www.nytextiles.org for details.
For more information about Town of Bethlehem recycling visit www.townofbethlehem.org or contact Dan Rain, Recycling Coordinator: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 439-4955 ext. 1510. For BCSD Green Team details visit www.bethlehemschools.org/green-team/.