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Pleasantville Hopes to Revamp Recycling

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – It may soon be easier for residents in the Village of Pleasantville to recycle their bottles, cans and plastics. Pleasantville officials plan to apply for state grant money to purchase new recycling bins at village homes and around the business district.

The roughly $20,000 grant, through a state municipal waste reduction program, is being sought by the village board of trustees, along with efforts from the conservation advisory council and the civic group Pleasantville Recycles.

The grant application for new bins will be comprised by Mayor Peter Scherer and Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer.  It is still pending and there is currently is no timeline set.

Trustee Mindy Berard joked at Monday night’s regular village board meeting at the lack of bins near her residence. “I think there’s one house on our block that still has their green recycling bin,” she said.

Helen Meurer, head of the village’s conservation advisory council and an active member of Pleasantville Recycles, said Wednesday that it is a great move by the village but that much can be attributed to the residents.

“There’s a great group of people here that realized that more needed to be done in the village in terms of recycling and I think that’s happening,” Meurer said.

Meurer said that although new bins could be great for the village, it won’t be affective without proper education on recycling.

“It’s more about making sure what people know what they need to do, it’s an educational issue” Muerer said.  “It’s not all about whether it exists or not, it’s about getting the word out.”

Pleasantville Recycles provides information for any questions that resident’s may have in regards to recycling on its website.  The group also frequently holds education events for the residents.  In early November, members took a trip to the Material Recovery Facility in Yonkers, where almost all of recycled materials in Westchester County are processed.

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