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Source: Newsday

Huntington brings recycling program to 6 beaches

BY LYNN RUVOLO

Posted: July 15, 2009
Originally Published: July 14, 2009

Photo of Stuart Besen, Frank Petrone, Maureen Dolan-Murphy, Beth Fiteni, and Herb McGrail.

Councilman Stuart Besen and Supervisor Frank Petrone, center, flanked by Maureen Dolan-Murphy, program coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Beth Fiteni, issues program director for Neighborhood Network, and Herb McGrail, EOSPA committee member.

On Tuesday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at Centerport Beach, Councilman Stuart Besen, along with Supervisor Frank Petrone, Town Board colleagues, park/beach stewards, conservation board members, environmental groups and residents, announced a new recycling initiative focused on protecting our precious beaches, coastlines and waterways.

Newly delivered blue recycling containers have been installed at six major Town beaches (Crab Meadow, West Neck, Centerport, Fleets Cove, Gold Star Battalion and Hobart beaches), along with six locking storage containers, one for each location. This pilot program will enable beachgoers to dispose of their recyclable items (bottles and cans) in an environmentally friendly-efficient way. This is a first for Town of Huntington area beaches and waterfront areas and a major component in the expansion of Besen’s present recycling program.

Over the past two years, Besen has visited schools throughout Huntington and has spoken to more than 8,500 children on the importance of recycling. “The children are so eager to learn and participate in easy ways to protect their environment,” Besen said. “In many instances, the younger students have become the recycling stewards in their schools for all grade levels and they continue ask on ways to spread these recycling initiatives. Everyone is very excited to now add our beaches to the recycling program.”

“The Town of Huntington continues to be a proactive leader in support of campaigns to safeguard our beaches,” Petrone said. “This initiative, together with our annual clean beaches, shellfish enhancement, stow your trash campaigns, are positive reinforcements in overseeing the protection of our waterfront communities.”

In less than 24 hours after installing these recycling devices at the beaches, the phones at Town Hall started ringing. We are already receiving positive feedback from not only our park and beach stewards, but the everyday beachgoer as well. “It is so refreshing to see the overwhelming support and involvement from our residents in helping to not only keep our beaches clean but having the ability to reuse,” Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said. “Recycling our plastic bottles today can mean new warm fleeces to wear this upcoming winter.”

“Our beaches and waterfront areas play a vital role in our way of life and it makes perfect sense to provide recycling capabilities to these environmentally sensitive areas,” Besen said. “Keeping Huntington Green is also about keeping our waterways blue.”

Lynn Ruvolo works for the town’s Citizen Services Department.