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Recycling in Rockland County

Meira Feinman

Before you throw out all that unneeded stuff, wait! Did you know you can make tablecloths out of plastic bottles? Or pencils from old jean pants? Recycling prevents bal tashchis and preserves the beautiful world Hashem created

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

recycling conceptWe’re going to take a closer look at recycling by visiting New York’s Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority. Rockland County (home to Monsey and New Square) is here to remind everyone of the motto “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” — first try to buy less items that need recycling, then try to reuse those items at home, and then toss something in a recycling bin.

In RocklandCounty, there are regular garbage bins and there are the special recycling bins: blue for paper and cardboard, and green for glass, metal, and plastics. Rockland’s system is known as dual-stream recycling, as opposed to dumping all recyclables in the same bin, a system that’s called … yep, you got it, single-stream.

The Rockland Authority collects over 41,000 tons of recyclable materials per year — the same weight as roughly 13,000 cars or almost 100 airplanes!

 

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