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Smithtown marks successful Earth Day recycling event

The Town of Smithtown collected more than 20 tons of waste at its Hazardous Household Waste event on April 20.

Residents from over six hundred households in the town participated in the event, safely disposing of hazardous items that cannot be included in typical curbside pickups, such as lithium batteries and pesticides.

Municipal workers and public safety officials supplemented the efforts by Radiac, the town’s hazardous waste contractor, to provide a safe and efficient service to residents.

“As we celebrate Earth Day, there is no greater impact that residents can have on protecting our local environment than responsibly disposing of potentially hazardous chemicals and products through the town’s household hazardous waste collection events,” said Michael Engelmann, the town’s solid waste coordinator. “Proper use and disposal of these items helps to protect our drinking water, air and natural resources while helping the town to maintain high quality parks, recreational facilities, roads and waterways for all residents to enjoy.”

Reworld, the New Jersey-based waste management company formerly known as Covanta, provided $5 Home Depot gift cards to more than 130 residents for recycling lithium-ion batteries, propane tanks and devices containing mercury, preventing them from being disposed of curbside.

Residents can dispose of electronic waste, such as computers and batteries, free of charge at the town’s recycling center at 85 Old Northport Road.

The next Household Hazardous Waste collection events are scheduled for July 14, 2024 and October 5, 2024. The collection events are for Smithtown residents only.

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