Westbury recycling program kicks up a gear

February 18, 2014 by  

As of last week, the village of Westbury has begun an expansion its recycling program. Through this, it is able to collect a wider range of plastics, as well as shredded paper.

With the expansion, the village now accepts plastics labeled 4, 5 or 6. It previously only accepted 1 and 2 plastics, such as soda bottles. With 4, 5 and 6 plastics now added to the mix, people are able to throw plastic utensils, cups, plastic bags, and food cartons into their recycling, instead of into the non-reusable trash.

The village could let residents know of the change through flyer printing, and people can then recycle the flyers they receive at the curb. While the recycling program is required of all residents, only about 50% of the population regularly recycle, according the an estimate from Ted Blach, the village clerk.

The decision to expand the recycling program came at the request of residents. The cost of recycling materials is less per ton than it is to put items in the garbage, according to Peter Cavallaro, the mayor.

Along with the new plastics, people are encouraged to continue to recycle glass bottles and food jars, metals, clean paper, newspapers, and cardboard. Shredded paper can also be recycled now, as long as it is put in clear plastic bags.