The Town of Clarkstown will receive the 2012 Rockland Recycles Award from the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority (RCSWMA) at their annual on Sunday, May 6 in Hillburn.
The town's proactive recycling effort has been effective. Last year, Clarkstown collected and disposed of, at the RCSWMA facility, approximately 4,428 tons of paper and 3,064 tons of co-mingled containers recycled annually. According to Clarkstown, a review of all the villages and other towns in the county during one quarter showed Clarkstown was 46% higher for paper recycling and 47% higher for commingled containers recycling.
“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the town,” said Supervisor Alex Gromack. “I am so proud to be recognized for our efforts as well as our residents’ efforts to reduce waste and recycle. Our recycling program is one aspect of the Town’s environmental leadership.”
The Town has a proactive garbage and recycling collection program intended to discourage improper disposal of waste. Enforcement is also an important aspect of the code and is enacted through the Department of Environmental Control and Code Enforcement Officers. Residents can find recycling information on the town website, www.town.clarkstown.ny.us, and in a recycling brochure with “do’s and don’ts” of recycling that is sent to all residents.
Since 2000, Clarkstown's environmental initiatives included purchasing environmentally sound products and vehicles, partnering with several environmental organizations and entering into agreements to reduce carbon emissions. The 2011 Clarkstown Environmental Summit, in particular, highlights the Town’s dedication to environmental stewardship, recycling, and education.
Get more information about the 2012 Environmental Day and about Living Green in Rockland at www.rocklandrecycles.com.