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Around the Town: September 11, 2009

STOP Program – Special Pick Up

With the end of the summer quickly approaching, many residents start to prepare for a fall cleanup. Often neighbors are unclear about how to dispose of certain items such as household hazardous waste and large appliances and furniture.

By calling the Town of Hempstead Sanitation Department, residents can arrange for a special pick-up of bulky items, such as appliances and furniture, without cost. To arrange for a special pickup, call 378-8484. For items that are hazardous and not qualified for special pickup, the town offers the S.T.O.P Program.

Hempstead Town is an environmentally sensitive municipality. Our S.T.O.P. Program is one way in which we lead the way in recycling and the responsible disposal of hazardous household waste.

The S.T.O.P Program affords residents the opportunity to dispose of hazardous materials at convenient locations. By properly disposing of these hazardous wastes, we are preventing them from entering the waste stream and harming our delicate ecosystem.

Among the many items found around the house that should not be thrown out with the regular garbage are: bleach, ammonia, antifreeze, pesticides (including “Weed-B-Gone” or Silvex 2, 4, 5-T), cleaning solvents, disinfectants, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, paint and paint thinners, photography and swimming pool chemicals, spot removers and small propane tanks.

It is now possible to properly dispose of many hazardous products by simply bringing them to a S.T.O.P Program disposal site.

S.T.O.P Program hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dates and locations of the remaining programs are:

North Woodmere: Oct. 18 at North Woodmere Park, Branch Boulevard.

Baldwin: Nov. 8 at Baldwin Park garage on Grand Avenue.

East Meadow: Dec. 5 at Eisenhower Park, Field #3, between Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue.

S.T.O.P., in conjunction with the town’s other “environmentally-friendly” programs, will keep the Town of Hempstead “green and clean” for future generations. For more information or to obtain written material on the Town of Hempstead’s S.T.O.P Program, call the recycling section of the Department of Sanitation at 378-2200.