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06/12/14 12:09pm
COURTESY PHOTO Ready to gobble up your old records is this shredder from A Shred Away, Inc. that will be at the Shelter Island Recycling Center on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Ready to gobble up your old records is this shredder from A Shred Away that will be at the Shelter Island Recycling Center on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Whether you’re a packrat who has been collecting old papers, records and notes for years or just looking to get rid of the latest bits of detritus that have accumulated in your house since last year’s Green Expo, A Shred Away of West Islip will be at Shelter Island’s Recycling Center Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to make short shrift of the job. (more…)

04/10/14 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Section of the town dump burning back in April 1964, before the practice was banned in favor of a landfill operation.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Section of the town dump burning back in April 1964, before the practice was banned in favor of a landfill operation.

50 YEARS AGO
State halts garbage burning
It has been 50 years since New York State stepped in and banned the burning of garbage at dumps and by individuals after reviewing studies that determined there were health hazards to allowing the practice to continue. (more…)

09/27/12 7:08am

We recycle

To the Editor:

I would like to thank Mr. Jay Card, superintendent of the Highway Department, for his encouraging words of support about the importance of recycling (“Highway super pushes for carters to follow the rules for recyclables,” September 20, 2012). I am a strong advocate of recycling and I appreciate the cooperation of not only my customers but the town as well. Each week, my company, Shelter Island Sanitation, Inc. DBA Dan’s Carting & Recycling, brings thousands of pounds of recyclables (plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard) to the Shelter Island Recycling Center.

I would like to set the record straight about recycling laws. If anyone has been informed that it is alright to mix wet trash and recyclables because it can go to a “separation plant,” they have been misguided. Firstly, New York State law (GML Sec. 120-aa) prohibits the co-mingling of household trash and recyclables.

Secondly, according to the DEC, no materials recovery facility, a.k.a. “separation plant,” exists or is permitted on Long Island.

The New York State Law “requires that solid waste that is left for collection … shall be separated into recyclable, reusable or other components.” Local governments are required to implement and enforce this law and I am glad that Mr. Card has acknowledged that he is on board. I am honest and sincere about my company’s policies and I try to provide affordable garbage and recycling removal. I only serve the Island residents and I am grateful for their continued patronage and support.

Recently, I have felt pressure from another garbage company. Competition among businesses is healthy but I am disheartened that many Islanders are not investigating the procedures of this company.

I have grown up on the Island and resided here most of my life. Because of this, I care deeply about the community and environment of Shelter Island. I ask you, not as a representative of Dan’s Carting & Recycling, but as a fellow citizen of the Island, please look behind the scenes of both garbage companies before choosing one.

DAN BINDER

Shelter Island

Editor’s Note: Jon DiVello, who operates Shelter Island Environmental Service, the other major carter on the Island, said he complies with all town and state laws pertaining to the handling of both wet garbage and recyclables. See this week’s story on page 4. —Ed.

09/04/12 2:30pm

JULIE LANE FILE PHOTO | Shelter Island Highway Superintendent Jay Card Jr.

To protect the natural resources of Shelter Island, the town is increasing its efforts to reach homeowners and private carters about the importance of recycling.

Highway Superintendent Jay Card sent a letter to carters this month, appealing to obey town law requiring they not mix recyclables in with solid waste.

“Our town recycling center is open to receive recyclables from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 362 days a year,” Mr. Card wrote. The only times when the center isn’t operational is on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, he said.

Below is a list of materials the recycling center receives:

• Household solid waste

• Corrugated cardboard

• Mixed papers

• Plastics

• Metals

• Tires

• Mixed glass

• Batteries

• Oil

• Yard waste

• Concrete

• Hazardous waste

• Automobiles

12/16/11 3:00pm

Could Shelter Island lead the East End in recycling wet garbage into gas and diesel fuel? That’s a plan two Dutch entrepreneurs are proposing.  Ed Van Piggelen of BRICKS International and Bouke Nagel of BRICKS Caribbean brought their message to a special town meeting on December 7.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Bouke Nagel, CEO of BRICKS Caribbean, outlined plans at Town Hall last week for making Shelter Island more energy efficient, including recycling organics, paper and plastic into gas and diesel fuel.

Their year-old company in the Netherlands has been developing solutions aimed at saving energy and improving the environment. The men boasted that they have served customers throughout Europe, the Caribbean and in Israel.

Happy Feet Solutions is the brand name of their system aimed at reducing the carbon footprint. It includes a machine that recycles wet garbage into fuel. They offered no details about  the machine itself.

Has the system passed muster with the Environmental Protection Agency, Councilman Peter Reich wanted to know. This would be the first installation in the United States, Mr. Nagel said. “It’s difficult but we know the EPA and we are not afraid of it,” he said, expressing confidence that the technology would pass muster.

The men said they hadn’t prepared a proposal for Shelter Island but happened to be visiting the area and were willing to speak publicly about their technology. The meeting was scheduled by Councilman Glenn Waddington at the request of resident Theresa Andrew, a professional fundraiser now involved with real estate, who met the pair through her professional network. The session was taped so all could view it at townhallstreams.com.

Their system to convert garbage into gas and diesel fuel is designed to process up to 40 tons of organics, paper and plastic per day, they said, far more than the five tons processed daily at Shelter Island’s landfill, according to foreman Brian Sherman. That’s where there’s potential for neighboring villages and towns to send their waste to Shelter Island for processing, Mr. Van Piggelen said.

The surrounding towns might break even with the cost of transporting the wastes to the Island but it could be a boon for Shelter Island, he said. The first municipality in the area that purchases the machine would be the one making the profit, he said.

The men maintained that there are no dangerous emissions from the machine and the only residue at the end of the process is ash that can be used for building roads.

Councilman Waddington said he was ready to plan a vacation to Holland to see the garbage conversion machines.

“I hope the Town Board follows up,” Mr. Waddington said. “I like the idea that we could get rid of some of the leaves,” he said of the leaf composting piles that take up space at the landfill.

Environmental advocate and Town Board’s Green Options Committee Chairman Herb Stelljes supported the waste-to-energy concept. He said he was encouraged that the Town Board was paying attention to ways to save energy and improve the carbon footprint.