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Recycling Frequently Asked Questions

Why are residents required to separate recyclables now?

An agreement was reached in the fall of 2008 between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Sanitary District No. 1 which requires the District to enhance its existing recycling program. This state mandated program requires that homeowners separate recyclables prior to collection by the District.

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Where do I put my recyclable materials?

Place all recyclable materials in the YELLOW RECYCLABLES-ONLY container that the District has provided. Place all recyclable materials together in this container. Please refer to the District’s recycling regulations for items that must be recycled.

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What do I do if I have more recyclables than my container will hold?

Place recyclable materials in a clear plastic bag next to the YELLOW RECYCLABLES-ONLY container.

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Will my service be disrupted or change in any way?

Under this new program residents will now have two garbage collection days each week and one recyclables collection on alternate Wednesdays. Residents will continue to have five pickups from their homes every two weeks. Garbage will be collected on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays. The quality of service will not be impacted.

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Will recycling cost me more as a taxpayer?

The District’s commissioners and management will attempt, through continued best management practices and planning, to keep the cost and tax increases associated with this state mandated program to a minimum for taxpayers.

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What do I do with household furniture, debris, appliances and other large waste items?

Residents with large household items, such as debris, furniture, appliances or other large waste or recyclable items, should call the District for a special pickup.

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Why is glass not included in the recycling program?

Today on Long Island there are no viable markets for recycled glass. The District is continually monitoring the recyclables markets, and if a viable option develops, the District may institute glass collection.

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How much material was recycled by the District last year?

Sanitary District No. 1 has had a very successful recycling program since 1995. In 2008 more than 25,000 tons of material was recycled representing a recycling rate of 41%, the highest of any municipal entity in Nassau County.

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What happens to recyclable materials that are collected by the District?

Materials are transported to the District’s facility in Lawrence where they are brought to the District’s Materials Recovery Facility. Here they are sorted, packaged and weighed. Recyclables are then transported for further processing and marketing/sale.

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What should I do if I have additional questions?

The commissioners and staff encourage residents to call the recycling hotline or e-mail the District at recycling@sanitarydistrict1.com. Residents interested in learning more about recycling and the District’s recycling program should sign up to receive updates from the District. Residents can sign up by submitting their contact information on the District’s website sanitarydistrict1.com or by e-mailing the District at recycling@sanitarydistrict1.com.


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Recycling -
a top priority
for Sanitary District No. 1

NEW MANDATORY RECYCLING REGULATIONS
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2009 (more)

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