Covanta Presents Hempstead Town with Award for Mercury Recycling Efforts

Covanta Award
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (center) accepted a special award from Covanta, presented to Hempstead Town for its leadership in mercury recycling and education. From left, Covanta Hempstead Facility Manager Tom Murphy, Supervisor Kate Murray, and John G. Waffenschmidt (vice president of environmental science and community affairs for Covanta).

Hempstead Town’s mercury recycling efforts continue to grow. Since 2009, Hempstead Town has collected nearly 2,000 old thermostats. Taken together with the other mercury which is collected through the program, a couple of hundred pounds of liquid mercury has been diverted from the waste stream for proper disposal. Covanta reminds neighbors that mercury bearing items such as thermostats should not be discarded with everyday solid waste. An average thermostat can contain four grams of mercury, a significant amount that can threaten the environment if not disposed of properly.

Residents can bring their old mercury thermostats to the next S.T.O.P. event on Saturday, March 21st at Eisenhower Park’s Parking Field No. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about S.T.O.P. and E-Cycle events, visit Hempstead Town’s sanitation webpage online at or call (516) 378-4210, option 6.

“Hempstead Town’s Sanitation Department offers a variety of environmentally friendly programs at convenient times and locations throughout the year,” Murray said. “I encourage residents to take part in these programs, and help us in our quest to protect our planet.”