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11/04/15 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO An earlier look at the Goody Pile at the Recycling Center tells the story of why Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. has now opted to limit hours of operation.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO An earlier look at the Goody Pile at the Recycling Center tells the story of why Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. has now opted to limit hours of operation.

With some recent “abuse” at the Town Recycling Center Goody Pile, Public Works Commissioner Jay Card Jr. has decided to limit the hours of operation, at least for the next several months through the winter. (more…)

09/06/13 8:00am

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The sign at the Town Recycling Center makes it clear what’s acceptable and what’s not at the “goody pile.”

The “goody pile” will no longer be a pile of junk.

So said Commissioner of Public Works Jay Card Jr. about a sign appearing in front of the free drop-off and pick-up area at the Town Recycling Center. The sign directs all those dropping off items to see an attendant first.

This isn’t a new policy, Mr. Card said, but one that hasn’t been enforced, until now.

A list of what won’t be accepted includes everything from pillows to refrigerators.

Something had to be done, Mr. Card said, because some people were using the goody pile as a garbage can. Dirty diapers have been found, he said.

“We don’t want people to abuse this,” Mr. Card said. “And quite frankly, people have been abusing it.”

Mr. Card also said it was important that people drop off only what can be used, and not taken home to repair.

It costs the town money when people don’t abide by the rules, he added. Some items that go unclaimed can be recycled, while other material left at the goody pile ends up as construction debris.

“We have to pay for that to throw it out,” Mr. Card said.

09/06/13 8:00am

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The sign at the Town Recycling Center makes it clear what’s acceptable and what’s not at the “goody pile.”

The “goody pile” will no longer be a pile of junk.

So said Commissioner of Public Works Jay Card Jr. about a sign appearing in front of the free drop-off and pick-up area at the Town Recycling Center. The sign directs all those dropping off items to see an attendant first.

This isn’t a new policy, Mr. Card said, but one that hasn’t been enforced, until now.

A list of what won’t be accepted includes everything from pillows to refrigerators.

Something had to be done, Mr. Card said, because some people were using the goody pile as a garbage can. Dirty diapers have been found, he said.

“We don’t want people to abuse this,” Mr. Card said. “And quite frankly, people have been abusing it.”

Mr. Card also said it was important that people drop off only what can be used, and not taken home to repair.

It costs the town money when people don’t abide by the rules, he added. Some items that go unclaimed can be recycled, while other material left at the goody pile ends up as construction debris.

“We have to pay for that to throw it out,” Mr. Card said.

01/15/13 12:46pm

JULIE LANE PHOTO | The goody pile at the Town Recycling Center will be back in use soon as repairs to its roof will be made as soon as materials arrive.

The goody pile at the Town Recycling Center has been out of commission since its roof was damaged during a recent nor’easter. Public Works Superintendent Jay Card Jr. has ordered metal piping needed to repair the roof and work will be rapid, he promised. He’s expecting delivery very soon, he said.

Mr. Card made the decision to shut it down because if he allowed residents to continue to bring in items, they would likely be ruined overnight if no one claimed them.

The goody pile has for years provided a place for residents to bring items still in good condition that they no longer need. Others can go and claim those items at no charge.

Traditionally, the pile has included gently used clean clothes, games, tools, electronics and household goods.
Mr. Card said he’s aware of the place the goody pile plays in the lives of Islanders and promises it will return as soon as possible.

This sint the first time he’s answered questions about the most popular spot at the Recycling Center.

“People miss the goody pile and have been asking for it,” Mr. Card said .