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New Hempstead rules aimed at bedbug problem

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This undated file photo provided by Orkin LLC shows bed bugs. Despite the itchy rise to prominence of bedbugs around New York City, officials have long been limited in what they could do to get negligent landlords to address the spread of the minuscule critters. Credit: AP

Hempstead Village is asking residents to follow the village’s new sanitation and recycling procedures, which went into effect on June 1.

To address the spread of bedbugs, the village board amended the Village Code to require disposed mattresses or box springs to be enclosed in a bedbug-proof bag for pickup. Failure to comply can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

Old bedding requires a scheduled special pick-up, which can be arranged by calling the Sanitation Department at 516-489-3400, ext. 268.

 The Village Recycling Department has also changed its recycling collection to reduce litter from overflowing recycle bins.

Glass and cans should go in the bins. Plastic bottles can be added, but only if they will fit in the bin securely and not wind up falling or being carried by the wind into the street. Otherwise, plastic bottles have to go into a clear bag and placed next to the recycling bin.

Residents are required to bundle and tie paper and cardboard recyclables and place the bundles, no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet, next to the recycling bin.

For more information, call the Village Recycling Department at 516-489-3400, ext. 553.

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