Westchester County honored North Salem and several other Westchester communities on Saturday, May 13, at the Kensico Dam Plaza for their outstanding recycling programs.
County Executive Rob Astorino presented this year’s Earth Day Awards, which recognized local governments, individuals, schools, businesses and other organizations for initiatives and notable accomplishments in solid waste reduction, recycling and environmental conservation.
The 2017 awardees are as follows:
For Municipal Excellence:
Westchester County’s six municipalities with curbside recycling rates of 30 percent or above, out of total solid waste generated in 2016 are: North Salem (34 percent), Bronxville (32 percent), Lewisboro (32 percent), City of Rye (31 percent), Bedford (31 percent), and Yorktown (30 percent).
North Salem Deputy Supervisor Peter Kamenstein received the award on behalf of the town.
Supervisor Warren Lucas said North Salem has been doing single-stream recycling since August 2014. Since then, he said, the town has removed about 4 million pounds of material from the waste stream and landfills through its recycling program.
He said residents can take recycling a step further by composting.
“A compost pile is easy if you have a lot of land,” Lucas said on Facebook, “But if you don’t or you want it well-contained, you can make a composting container or purchase one at a local store.”