Hempstead Town officials last week kicked off an expansion of the town’s plastic recycling program.
Aside from collecting water bottles, soda bottles, shampoo bottles and other common household plastic containers, the town now will recycle items such as plastic playground equipment, straws, medicine bottles and more, officials said.
“Every year a person goes through almost 100 pounds of plastic, Hempstead Town will now be collecting it all,” Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement.
The town also will save some green with the expanded program. It costs the town $68 a ton to dispose of these additional plastic items in the traditional fashion, while recycling them will cost $10 per ton, saving the town $58 a ton, officials said.
“Everything we recycle means we are putting less garbage in our landfills,” Murray said. “Recycling only requires a small amount of time, while saving money and reducing pollution.”