Question on Recycling
In the December, 2015 Villager, a reader questioned whether her carefully washed cans and bottles actually get recycled, as she observes sanitation workers compacting them in a conventional garbage truck. This month we received this comment from an authority on the subject.

Dear Reader—
Rest assured that your recycled items are not being thrown out with the trash! The haulers in most Rockland County communities utilize existing garbage trucks for the collection of recyclables. The use of a packer truck actually makes the recovery process more efficient by having smaller trucks on the road. Since they use the same trucks, you will notice that waste and recycling are on separate days.

Once their truck is full, recyclable plastic, glass, metal, paper and cardboard is brought to the Recycling Center in Hillburn for separation. We have a dual stream recycling program in Rockland, so people can place their plastic, glass and metal materials into one bin and in the other, mixed paper and cardboard. When it arrives at the Recycling Center, it is sorted into various categories and sold to remanufacturing companies.

We share that revenue with your village. So keep up the good work of rinsing and tossing them into your recycling bin. The more you recycle the less it costs to ship it to a landfill, and the more money earned for your community.

I hope this was helpful information. If you would like additional information, please email or call me. Thank you,
—Kerri Scales, Education Coordinator,
Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority 420 Torne Valley Road, Hillburn NY 10931 845.753.2200 x22

To The Nyack Villager—
As the Village of Nyack was delighted to announce the commencement of this year’s paving project and after 11 years of being a Nyack resident, the streets surrounding Rockland Place were paved! That was the good news. The bad news is that the Village of Nyack, along with the paving project, also paved right over the sewer covers.

You probably wouldn’t notice this unless you lived downstream from your neighbors and your basement was flooded with sewage from the Orangetown Sewage system. As nice as the Orangetown sewage guys were that came to my home on Dec 11 to flush out the sewage pipes that had backed up in my basement, they were unable to accomplish this task due to the Village of Nyack paving right over all the sewage covers.

So, a loss of a day wages from not going to work, plus $300 for the first plumber to assist the town in unclogging the sewer pipes in my basement plus $500 for a new sump pump that was destroyed by the sewage in my basement plus some nice mold to add to the ingredients, I can not be assured this will not happen again very soon. How long do you think it will take Orangetown sewage department to get through the newly paved roads and locate the paved-over sewage covers? How long will it take me to be reimbursed for my $800 while I sit here anticipating another sewage emergency in my basement hoping my home does not once again smell like all my neighbors’ sewage for the holidays.
—Susan Morer

To The Nyack Villager—
You may have noticed that leaf blowers have been droning non-stop this autumn. You might also be aware of the side affects of these machines. They produce as much carbon-based emissions in one hour as a car driven 100 miles; these emissions contribute to asthma and lung diseases; they blow particulate matter into the air we breathe, containing heavy metals, pesticides, mold and fungal spores and animal feces; the noise pollution is significant and a continual irritant to residents.

Conclusive science is available for us to read in articles and research documents. Many towns and counties across the United States have chosen to limit the use of leaf blowers to protect their residents and to reduce their community’s carbon footprint. There is even a push for a national ban on leaf blowers: http://www.nationwideleafblowerban.org

Landscapers have adjusted to these changes in various ways. Many of them have upgraded to more fuel efficient, quieter models. They use rakes and brooms. A growing number of landscapers offer environmentally- friendly services, such as this one: http://contactair.today/

Residents can have well-manicured properties without the use of leaf blower. A stray leaf or blade of grass is a small trade off for healthier, happier community members.
I urge residents of the Nyacks to consider everyone’s health when choosing a landscaper. I also urge the mayor and board of trustees of Nyack to reconsider their objections to the curbing of leaf blowers in our village. It truly disturbs me that as a long time tax-paying citizen of this village who has spoken up about this issue with others, I feel as though the elected officials seem more concerned about the landscapers than about the health and well being of the residents. This is a very sad state of affairs. Any new building in Nyack will bring with it more landscapers with more leaf blowers, creating more air and noise pollution. I do not understand their lack of concern. If this issue won’t be addressed at this time, it will become worse, in turn making Nyack a less desirable place to live. Sadly, it has already become that way for me.
If you share similar feelings and concerns, please speak up and let the mayor and the board of trustees know that it is time to take action. Nothing will happen without your voices. Thank you.
—Laura Pakaln