TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow recycled more 70 percent of its garbage in 2012, ranking fifth in Westchester county and besting Tarrytown and Irvington.
Irvington recycled 58 percent of its waste, coming in twelfth in the county, while Tarrytown recycled 43 percent of its waste.
For the second consecutive year, Westchester County recycled 52 percent of its total waste stream, outpacing the national average of 34 percent, according to estimates by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“I am very proud of what our residents, local businesses and schools do every day to recycle their waste,” County Executive Robert Astorino said in a statement. “By recycling, we not only help to protect our environment, but we also save tax dollars.”
Nine municipalities recycled at least 70 percent of its waste. They include: Scarsdale at 76 percent, Pelham Manor at 74 percent, White Plains at 73 percent, Briarcliff, Bronxville and Rye Brook at 71 percent, and Pleasantville, Rye City and Sleepy Hollow at 70 percent.
Recycling and reusing materials like bottles, cans, paper and even wood and construction debris and large bulk metals financially benefits the county in two ways, Astorino said. It creates revenues from selling recyclables brought to the county’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Yonkers and saves on disposal costs. In 2012, 70,000 tons of recyclables were brought to the MRF, generating more than $6 million in revenue and saving about $6 million in disposal costs.
Not only are municipalities recycling more, residents have reduced the amount of garbage they generate by 30.2 percent from 2007, 540,217 tons, to 2012, 376,890 tons.
The county is asking its residents to further reduce the amount of garbage they generate per day, which is measured per person per day (PPPD). In 2012, county residents generated 3.81 pounds of garbage PPPD. The national average is 4.43 PPPD.
The state has set a goal to reduce this to 0.6 PPD by 2030. If every resident reduced their waste by one pound per day it could save another $12 to $14 million annually, Astorino said.
“We are talking about huge savings,” he said. “This is why the county government, through our Department of Environmental Facilities, works so hard not only to encourage recycling but to support innovative local programs that promote ways to reduce garbage.”
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