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The Green Patch: A Look at Islip's Recycling Effort

Town uses alternating collection strategy as well as various resources to community.

Throughout February and March Patch will be publishing articles about ‘green’ topics, issues and news. We’re looking for reader tips and advice as well, so if you’ve got a great green strategy going on or a good tip on how to handle recycling or how you re-use something email it to judy.mottl@patch.com and share your knowledge with the Patch community.

Today Patch checks out the Islip Town Recycling Program and what residents need to know to adhere to town rules and offers up some resources and things some homeowners and residents may not have known about the town’s 20-plus year initiative.

First off did you know that Islip’s recycling program, called WRAP, was started 33 years ago? The town’s recycling center, on Lincoln Avenue, handles more than 600,000 pounds of recyclables every week.

For those new to Islip Town, the recycling program is a two-pronged strategy, with paper, cardboard and magazines and glass and food jars and bottles picked up separately on alternating Wednesdays.

Residents can also bring certain items to the town’s recycling center:

    • Residential Rubbish - $90 ton

    • Drop-Off Recyclables - $25 ton

    • Waste Oil - no charge

    • White Metal Goods - $25 ton

    • Household and Auto Batteries - no charge

If you’re an educator or organization that would like more information about the town’s green efforts, there is a full-time recycling educator and resources, including a film and a Pre K – 12 curriculum for students available. For more information on either call 595-3630.

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