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North Hempstead Earns A+ for Recycling

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the town board announced last week that the non-profit, non-partisan Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) has awarded North Hempstead an A+ for its environmental initiatives and programs. Specifically, the group cited two town initiatives – the School Recycling Partnership Program and the pharmaceutical collection events – as groundbreaking.

“Citizens Campaign for the Environment is thrilled with the new programs implemented by the Town of North Hempstead,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of CCE. “The school recycling program is truly a model for the rest of the state and the pharmaceutical take back program has already inspired other towns to follow suit.”

“This is a tremendous recognition for the town,” said Kaiman. “With a lot of hard work and support from the community, the Town of North Hempstead has made recycling a top priority. We hope in the years ahead to continue to lead the way when it comes to protecting our environment.”

Overall North Hempstead, which chalked up 98 percent grade, finished in a dead heat with the Town of Huntington at the top of the list.

Financed by a Rauch Foundation grant, CCE’s 2009 Long Island Recycling Report Card evaluated recycling initiatives in every single town barring Shelter Island and Long Island’s only two cities, Glen Cove and Long Beach. The report, for the first time, also assessed school recycling initiatives. North Hempstead’s Herricks School District – one of the town’s eight of 11 districts with the recycling program in place – racked up a gold star for its efforts.

“The town is so proud to receive this recognition,” added Councilwoman Lee Seeman. “By protecting and safeguarding our environment we are ensuring a better future for generations to come.”

For more information on North Hempstead’s environmental programs call 311 or visit www.northhempstead.com.