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Hastings Recycling Program Improves, Reduces Waste

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Recycling in Hastings has improved recently compared to the rest of Westchester County, reducing costs for the village and cutting back the amount of trash collected, village officials said. 

“During the past several months we have witnessed a decrease in the amount of residential and commercial trash and an increase in the amount of recyclables collected,” said Francis Frobel, village manager, in a press release. “This is a positive trend we want to continue.” 

Recyclable paper and co-mingled recyclable collection amounts have improved by 4.65 percent in the past 18 months, Frobel said. Residents should pay attention to what is thrown away and determine if more items can be recycled, Frobel said, and although Hastings recycling is improving, there is always room to do more. More than 40 municipalities are regulated by the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities, according to Westchester County’s website, and Hastings ranks as one of the top performers in recycling, Frobel said. 

Jen DiBonaventura, a Hastings resident, said she recycles because it is the law, but mostly because she cares about the environment. She said recycling is easy and people who don’t recycle are likely unaware of the impact it has on the environment. Despite the success of the recycling program, DiBonaventura said it could be improved by making information about how to recycle more accessible.

“I feel like I have clear information but I had to seek it out myself,” DiBonaventura said. “It could be more clearly disseminated. 

For more information about recycling in Hastings, including what can be recycled, visit Westchester County’s recycling website

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