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The Village of Westbury announced that commuter parking for non-residents is available as of May 1. Parking will be by permit only and will be located in the rear of the commuter lot on the north side of the Long Island Rail Road station. The cost of the permits is $65 a year for residents; $300 a year for non-residents. Anyone interested in purchasing a parking permit should call 334-1700 or stop by Westbury Village Hall at 235 Lincoln Place.

In recognition of Earth Day 2009 (April 22), the Village of Westbury announced plans to expand its recycling program to make the Westbury community a "greener" place. Westbury's recycling program, initiated in 1987, is among the oldest and most successful recycling programs conducted by any municipality in Nassau County.

Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro recently announced that the village is exploring ways to make its recycling efforts even better by:

• Increasing the percentage of households that participate in the recycling program

• Increasing the kinds of materials that the village can collect for recycling and remove from the regular waste stream

• Establishing special "Drop-Off Days" at village collection sites for used computer equipment and electronic devices

"The expansion of our recycling program has the dual benefit of making our community 'greener' by reducing the solid waste that we send to the landfills and waste disposal facilities, and also lowering the cost to our residents of disposing of materials that could otherwise be recycled and disposed of at a much lower cost or at no cost at all," said Cavallaro. "It is basically a win-win situation for the village and our taxpayers."

The mayor expects that the expanded recycling program will take effect in the coming months, with the first computer and electronic equipment Drop-Off Day to be set for some time this summer.

Information about the village's expanded recycling efforts will be published in the Village Newsletter, The Westbury Times and otherwise made available to residents in the coming weeks.


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