Tough Items to Recycle
Tips for how and where
Recycling is no longer limited to yesterday’s New York Times. But some items can be tough to get back in circulation.
1) Cell Phones
Throwing away your cell is never a good idea; in fact, it’s illegal in Westchester. Consider passing your old phone down (my daughter has selflessly volunteered to accept) or bring it to the drop-off box at the Bedford Town Clerk’s office in Bedford Hills.
Trashing books isn’t just wasteful; to me, it’s sacrilegious. For sizeable collections, swing over to Booksy Galore in Pound Ridge or keep an eye out for spring drop-off days at the local libraries. For a few select volumes, consider adding to the Little Free Library on The Terrace in Katonah.
3) Barbecue Tanks
New grill for spring? Get rid of your old propane tank safely by burning off the remaining gas, sealing with the plastic cap (hardware stores sell replacements), and go to westchestergov.com/hmrf or call 914-813-5425 to schedule drop off.
4) Rechargeable Batteries
I have no idea what’s in these suckers, but putting them in the trash is a big no-no. Luckily, Home Depot, RadioShack, and other retailers are required to accept them back for recycle. Car batteries, too. The Household Material Recovery Facility in Valhalla and the Adams Street Recycling Center in Bedford Hills are additional options for this and other e-waste.
5) Paint Cans
Empty cans go out next to the regular trash, with the lids off. For cans still containing paint, mix them with kitty litter (I know, cuckoo) or another hardener (Chubby’s and Bedford Hardware carry these products). When the liquid has been absorbed, add next to curbside pickup. Remember, no lid.