What does Zero Waste mean?
Zero Waste is a concept aimed at eliminating all waste. Zero Waste requires us to think of waste as a potential resource with inherent value rather than as a “problem”. There are many components to Zero Waste which, at its core, include rethinking the lifecycle of a product from development and production through retirement or disposal. Laws such as New York State’s Electronic Equipment Reuse and Recycling Act are forcing manufacturers and retailers to be responsible for the waste generated from the covered electronics they sell. The financial impact of providing recycling options for these products will eventually force manufacturers to reduce the amount of waste generated in their products. When this happens, we will get closer to Zero Waste.
- Around Town & in the Parks
- Eliminating Junk Mail
- Follow That Trash!
- Plastics 101
- Reducing Paper
Much has happened in the 10+ years since the Recycling Committee began its Zero Waste Day events. Because there are so many opportunities to recycle or dispose of household items on a weekly/monthly basis, there is no longer a need for an annual Zero Waste Day event. The Town Board will evaluate the feasibility of holding this event in future years based on the availability of vendors and new volunteers.
The Recycling Committee is refocusing its efforts on its core mission of education. Volunteers are needed to make TWCU a successful town-wide endeavor: Go to email@example.com to volunteer that day.
While there will not be a ZWD, North Castle residents can recycle or dispose of unwanted household items in the following ways:
● Gently used clothing in season can be dropped off at the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah, or Treasures thrift shop around the corner from St. Stephen’s Church in downtown Armonk, or to Goodwill in Bedford Hills.
● Donations of worn blankets, dog and cat food, and dog supplies can be dropped off in the large bins in the driveway of Adopt-A-Dog, 23 Cox Avenue, Armonk, NY.
● Gently used small furniture in good condition can be dropped off at the Furniture Sharehouse drop off center at the Westchester County airport, or they can be contacted at www.furnituresharehouse.org if you want to arrange a pick up. Their website has details on what items are accepted.
● Used motor oil, antifreeze, tires and batteries can be brought to local gas stations.
● Smaller items that are “junk” can be discarded at curbside. For larger items, contact Suburban Carting to arrange for pick up.