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Pleasantville Group Aims to Improve Recycling

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Dan Turner and the rest of the Pleasantville Recycles group are making new initiatives in 2012 to ensure that every resident in Pleasantville is aware of the benefits of recycling.

“It’s an ongoing challenge but our goal is to raise awareness about recycling and hope to create new programs to help that process,” said chairman of Pleasantville Recycles and village resident Dan Turner.

Pleasantville Recycles is a group of residents who meet regularly to improve the recycling within the village for residents, businesses, and visitors. In 2011, the group launched a website, Facebook page and free newsletter to spread awareness and information on how to properly recycle items. This year, the group is making an effort to collaborate with the Village Board of Trustees to aid them in the process and the two met earlier this month to discuss projects. The group hopes to purchase new recycling bins for residential homes, improve the recycling at the Pleasantville Music Festival this summer as well as host multiple events and tours.

Turner said he believes it is not just Pleasantville residents who are unaware about the benefits of recycling.

“I think there is a lack of awareness about recycling in general,” Turner said. “There are a lot of things that I didn’t know about the process and that I learned along the way.”

Turner added that Westchester County’s construction of a Household Material Recovery Facility in Valhalla, which is scheduled to be completed in April, will be a great opportunity for local residents to join the recycling movement.

“That’s a local nearby resource that is something that we hope residents can take advantage of to recycle general household items,” Turner said.

Pleasantville Village Administrator Patti Dwyer said that the Pleasantville Recycles logo will be featured in signs around the village in order to encourage residents to recycle.

“We want to get their information out there as much as possible so residents will know about their programs and initiatives so we’re going to make sure that they are featured more prominently,” Dwyer said.

PleasantvilleRecycles.org features a full list of recycling information for residents as well as information on composting and mulching. The group’s first event of the year will be a tour of the Westchester County Wheelabrator facility in Peekskill on March 5. Those interested in taking the tour should email info@pleasantvillerecycles.org by Feb. 29.

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