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Document-shredding at Brookhaven recycling facility

Brookhaven -- Supervisor Mark Lesko Supervisor Mark Lesko

Brookhaven -- Supervisor Mark Lesko

Supervisor Mark Lesko said the biggest challenge for Suffolk County’s largest township will be the daunting task of reorganizing town government. The town has had to dip into its surplus in recent years but will not be able to do that in 2013, Lesko said, necessitating a top-to-bottom review of town services to determine which it can afford to continue providing.

Declines in mortgage taxes and landfill revenue — and the overall soft economy — have spurred the changes, he said. “The road we’re on now is not sustainable,” he said.

The economy also is a major concern for 2012, Lesko said. Brookhaven needs to keep its landfill — the source of about 40 percent of town revenue — competitive in the marketplace, he said.

Brookhaven’s other big challenge is keeping code enforcement aggressive, Lesko said. The town has increased fines for quality-of-life violations by more than 300 percent since 2008 and needs to keep up that pace, he said.

(June 28, 2011) Photo Credit: David Pokress

Think of it as spring cleaning, with serious horsepower.

A giant mobile shredder is headed to Brookhaven on May 18-19 to help residents and businesses securely discard paper documents at the town’s Materials Recycling Facility at 350 Horseblock Rd.

“The Town of Brookhaven’s past shredding events have resulted in the successful and safe disposal of tons of documents and helped raise awareness to recycling,” town Supervisor Mark Lesko said in a news release. “Not only does this event encourage environmental responsibility, it also helps protect our residents from identity theft by making sure that their private documents don’t end up in the wrong hands.”

Documents will be collected in a 65-gallon container before they are dumped into the shredder, provided by ReCommunity. Each participant will be able to witness the shredding of the papers. The town asks that paper clips and other metal removed first, as well as other contaminants such as rubber bands. Papers can remain stapled, though.

“I strongly encourage residents and small businesses in the Town of Brookhaven to take advantage of this great opportunity,” said Councilman Tim Mazzei, the liaison to the Department of Waste Management. “As a small-business owner myself, I understand the need to get rid of old documents in a secure and environmentally conscious manner.”

Small businesses may use the shredder May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but need to register first by calling 631-451-6393 during business hours. Residents may use the shredder on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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