PORT WASHINGTON
GARBAGE DISTRICT
Port Washington, New York
Port Washington Garbage District

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Recycling Containers

The District no longer distributes recycling containers. District residents may choose any of the following options for their recycling:

     1) Use or purchase any container clearly marked with the recycling symbol

     2) Receive a free recycling sticker from the Town of North Hempstead to utilize
         a plain, unmarked container 


     3) Purchase a recycling container from the Town of North Hempstead 


Recycle Your Electronic Waste!


Effective January 1, 2015, the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation enacted a disposal ban on certain types of electronic equipment in landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, in the trash, or at curbside for trash pickup. Please see this attachment or go to www.dec.ny.gov and search “electronics disposal” for further information. E-waste is a growing environmental concern as many components are considered toxic and are not biodegradable. Please help us keep this material out of the waste stream.

Effective May 1, 2017

  • E-waste can only be dropped off at the Solid Waste Management Authority’s (SWMA) Transfer Station on Sundays between 7:30 AM and 2:30 PM, and at STOP events.  The SWMA building will no longer be accepting e-waste.  Proof of residency (driver’s license) will be required to drop off e-waste.  Only e-waste covered under the NY State law will be accepted.
  • SWMA will no longer accept batteries, oil, or fluorescents bulbs and tubes at the Transfer Station or SWMA, effective May 1, 2017.  Residents may continue to drop those items off at the annual STOP events, where a licensed hazardous waste contractor permitted to accept those items will be on hand, or use one of many more convenient year round options listed on the Town of North Hempstead’s website.
  • Starter (new residents) and replacement blue recycling buckets are still available to residents at SWMA (only) for residents living within one of the five Town of North Hempstead managed garbage districts.  Residents living in incorporated villages or independent garbage districts, which manage their own area’s trash and recycling collection services, such as Port Washington, may purchase a blue recycling bucket for $20.00, or purchase a 20 to 32 gallon receptacle for setting out bottles and cans for collection.
Additional information on take back programs for special items can be found here, or go to www.northhempstead.com and click on 'Solid Waste Management Authority' for more information.
   

 What the District Does  

The core responsibility of the Port Washington Garbage District is to provide the residents and merchants within the district's boundaries with collection and disposal of refuse and recyclables. The District performs these services by hiring a third party contractor via a competitive bidding process. In addition, the District monitors the performance of the contractor over the life of the contract.   

 Who Pays For It  

You, as property owners, pay for the operations of the District through your taxes. The District produces a budget each year, from which the tax rate is calculated. The taxes are levied by the Town of North Hempstead with the proceeds then passed on to the District to pay for operations. We are happy to report that the District received an excellent report in a 2005 audit by County Controller Weitzman. The Port Washington Garbage District had the lowest cost per parcel of all Districts audited. In some cases, the cost per parcel in Port Washington was less than half the cost in other Districts. Property taxes have been a significant issue on Long Island for many years and we are doing our part to keep your taxes low.   According to the audit, the monthly garbage collection and disposal cost per parcel is less than $23 -- you probably spend more on morning coffee. The cost is low for two reasons: the District insists on a truly competitive bidding process; and 2) the District keeps administrative costs low by maintaining NO employees. All functions are performed by the three Commissioners. According to the County audit, only 2% of the District expenses are for administrative costs.  

 Enforcement  

Enforcement of trash and recycling regulations is strictly the purview of the Port Washington Police Dept.and the Town of North Hempstead Division of Code Enforcement. Garbage District commissioners may issue warnings, but have no authority to directly impose fines.

If you believe you see a code violation, please call:

   Town of North Hempstead Division of Code Enforcement - Dial 311 

In addition, please call the Port Washington Garbage District at 883-4447. We need to be aware of problems to be sure a resolution is achieved.
  

 

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