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Compost Bins and Rain Barrels at Near-Wholesale Prices!...STOP & SHOP GROUNDBREAKING TUESDAY
Release Date: June 27, 2011

THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY FOR STOP & SHOP SUPERMARKET ON 119 (TARRYTOWN BORDER, NEAR SHERATON HOTEL) WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY, June 28 AT 11:45 am. The new supermarket is expected to open up in early 2012. Good for our tax base...good for the unemployed since new jobs will be created..good for consumers since there will be more competition--better prices...


*** Save money ***
*** Save water and/or save on fertilizer ***
*** Help the environment ***
*** Help keep down Village taxes and water costs ***

The Irvington Green Policy Task Force (GPTF) is excited to extend to the public a limited-time opportunity to pre-order and purchase compost bins and rain barrels at near-wholesale prices:

Earth Machine Compost Bin $55
(regularly retails for $145)
By composting your kitchen and yard waste you will be helping to keep up to 650 lbs of waste per household out of the waste stream per year, thus helping to save municipal hauling costs, minimizing waste and creating the perfect fertilizer for your garden! Plus you will receive a free Kitchen Collector Bucket.

Systern Rain Barrel $75
(regularly retails for $125)
Clean water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource, especially with the hot summers and recent significant increase in the price of municipal water. As we use more and more water to keep our gardens irrigated, it makes perfect sense to use what nature gives us for free—rainwater free from chlorine and water treatment chemicals to keep our flower beds, container garden and lawns lush during hot spells. Amazingly, a single summer shower can fill up a 55 gallon barrel with rain water your plants will love, instead of causing flooding and river pollution. Why not save some for a sunny day?

These MUST be pre-ordered by July 6th and picked up on July 9th.

Please see the attached order form and additional information. To order, you can either fill out the form and follow the instructions on the form, or drop it off at the Irvington Farmers Market. Stop by the Green Policy task Force table to see a sample of the rain barrel and the compost bin, and ask questions. Irvington Green Policy Task Force members will be compiling the order forms at the Irvington Farmers Market on the following days:

June 29 or July 6

Payment will be collected by CASH or CHECK ONLY at pickup on Saturday, July 9 at the following locations:

8:00AM - 11:00 AM at the Greenburgh Town Hall
12:00PM - 2:00PM at the Tarrytown West Main Street Communter Parking Lot
3:00PM - 5:00PM at the Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park.

Accessories will be available at the pickup locations on July 9: Rodent screen base ($20), Compost aerator ($25), Presto Bin large wire leaf collector ($30); these cannot be preordered.

This initiative is being co-sponsored by SWEAC (Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium) and the Saw Mill River Coalition (a program of Groundwork Hudson Valley).

Questions? Contact the Irvington Green Policy Task Force at green@irvingtonny.gov !


There's a lot of municipal talk about the county's expanded recycling program which officially starts on June 1, 2011.

But do you really know what is included in the expansion to numbers 3-7?

Just in case, here's a handy reference list.

Please note that all plastics must be coded (with any number between 1 and 7), rinsed clean and be free of food waste and other products.

BREAKING NEWS: Plastic caps on jars and bottles are now accepted for recycling!

Number 1 Plastics -- PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate)
* Found in: Soft drinks, water and beer bottles; mouthwash bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil containers; oven-safe food trays.
* Recycled into: Polar fleece, fiber, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, straps, (occasionally) new containers.

Number 2 Plastics -- HDPE (high density polyethylene)
* Found in: Milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; shampoo bottles; butter and yogurt tubs.
* Recycled into: Laundry detergent bottles, oil bottles, pens, recycling containers, floor tile, drainage pipe, lumber, benches, doghouses, picnic tables, fencing.

Number 3 Plastics -- V (Vinyl) or PVC
* Found in: Window cleaner and detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging.
* Recycled into: Decks, paneling, mudflaps, roadway gutters, flooring, cables, speed bumps, mats.

Number 4 Plastics -- LDPE (low density polyethylene)
* Found In: Squeezable bottles; frozen food containers.
* Recycled Into: Trash can liners and cans, compost bins, shipping envelopes, paneling, lumber, landscaping ties, floor tile.

Number 5 Plastics -- PP (polypropylene)
* Found in: Some yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, medicine bottles, coded flower pots.
* Recycled into: Signal lights, battery cables, brooms, brushes, auto battery cases, ice scrapers, landscape borders, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, trays.

Number 6 Plastics -- PS (polystyrene)
* Found in: Disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles.
* Recycled into: Insulation, light switch plates, egg cartons, vents, rulers, foam packing, carry-out containers.

Number 7 Plastics -- Miscellaneous
* Found in: Water bottles, certain food containers.
* Recycled into: Plastic lumber, custom-made products.

Regarding Plastic Bags: Be advised that plastic grocery and carryout bags, as well as other plastic bags (including dry cleaning bags), may be dropped off at any of several large grocery and retail stores for recycling. Each year, Americans throw away more than 100 billion plastic bags. Less than 1% is recycled. Recycling these bags reduces waste and litter, resulting in cleaner streets and waterways. In addition, using recycled plastic bags in place of virgin plastics reduces our demand for foreign oil. Recycled plastic bags provide valuable material to manufacturers of plastic lumber, plastic bags and other useful products. For more information on plastic bag recycling and drop off locations, click here.

Read the Curbside Recycling Guide to learn how to separate recyclables for curbside collection. In addition, you can bring other items, including household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, electronics, and plastic bags for recycling and old or expired medications for disposal to Household Material Recovery Days. Check out the schedule of upcoming events to find a Household Material Recovery Day or Mobile Shredder event near you.

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