North Hempstead unveils new No. 5 Recycling Program

The Island Now

The Town of North Hempstead has announced a new recycling program designed to properly dispose of No. 5 plastics.

Starting in 2021, residents may bring any No. 5 plastic items to the town’s residential drop off at 999 West Shore Road, Port Washington for no charge between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays when the resident rop-off is operating.

“Preserving our environment for future generations is so important,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “No. 5 plastics include items such as yogurt cups, shampoo bottles, and more. They are hard and heat resistant and can result in contamination of recyclables. We are thrilled to be able to offer this program for residents to help reduce their waste and to keep these plastics out of our landfills.”

Since No. 5 plastics are made of polypropylene, they cannot be combined with other household plastic recyclables. No. 5 plastics must be separated from Nos. 1 and 2 plastic and must be cleaned prior to bringing them to the Resident Drop-off. Residents can identify items that are made with No. 5 plastics by looking for a chasing arrow symbol with a “5” located in the center.

For more information on the program, please call 311 or 516-869-6311.

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