Scarsdale and Bronxville earned kudos from Westchester County this week when County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced recycling rates for 2012. Nine of the county’s muncipalities were applauded for recycling at least 70 percent of their waste.
The Village of Scarsdale was tops with 76 percent of its waste recycled. “Scarsdale has been a leader in municipal recycling on an annual basis in Westchester County for decades now. We have an excellent program, and we have residents who care about the environment and source separate these waste products. They are very zealous about it,” said Deputy Village Manager Steve Pappalardo.
Scarsdale is vigorous in recycling yard waste, Pappalardo noted, with an average of 9,000 tons of yard debris collected at the curb annually. Residents fill biodegrable bags and bundle branches for collection by sanitation crews for recycling. “Just during Hurricane Sandy alone, we collected and disposed of 7,000 tons of wood waste,” he said.
The county reported that Bronxville recycled 71 percent of its waste last year. The Town of Eastchester recycled 53 percent while the Village of Tuckahoe recycled 57 percent. The county as a whole recycled 52 percent of its waste.
Last year, 70,000 tons of recyclable newsprint, cardboard, metal, plastic and glass were brought to the Material Recovery Facility in Yonkers. During the past five years, the volume of trash declined from 540,217 tons in 2007 to 376,890 tons in 2012. In 2012, county residents generated an average of 3.81 pounds of garbage per person per day. The national average is 4.43 pounds per person per day. The state’s goal is to reduce this to less than a pound by 2030.