YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Nobody talks trash quite like Kim Angliss-Gage.
But after 30 years of working for the town of Yorktown (28 as a full-time employee), the coordinator of the Refuse and Recycling Department is calling it a career.
Angliss-Gage started her career after some prompting by former Town Supervisor Linda Cooper. While serving on the town’s Conservation Board, Cooper told her that the department could use a helping hand.
That part-time gig soon blossomed into a passion for refuse and recycling.
During her tenure, Angliss-Gage launched a textile recovery program and oversaw the Battle of Yorktown, an annual roadside litter clean-up, during which (literally) tons of trash were collected each year. If you’re wondering whether your pizza box can be recycled (it cannot), she has also created a handy online A-Z refuse and recycling guide, available on the town’s website.
“We accomplished a lot, and everyone needs to be proud of what we’ve accomplished for the town of Yorktown in terms of environmental conservation and all the trash that we’ve picked up,” Angliss-Gage said at the Town Board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Angliss-Gage’s final day was on Monday, Aug. 31, the same day that a new recycling pick-up schedule went into effect. She spent the Sunday evening before her retirement resisting the urge to personally remind her neighbors of the change.
“I won’t be able to get rid of it. I’ll just always be thinking about trash,” Angliss-Gage said.
“I know it’s called work, but I’m so fortunate that I had this opportunity to work here in my community, for my community, and it was a great run,” she continued. “I feel good about the department, I feel good about what we’ve accomplished.”