What a better combination is there than protecting the environment and helping children with special needs? Inspired by that two-fold imperative, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Ed Ambrosino and Councilman Anthony D’Esposito joined a group of children with special needs at the Malibu Beach Club in Lido Beach to kick off a beachfront can and bottle recycling initiative that will help the environment and support programs for youngsters with special needs. The town officials celebrated summer by announcing that they have placed can and bottle recycling containers at all town beaches, utilizing the deposit fees collected from redeeming the beverage containers to support services and activities at the town’s heralded Camp ANCHOR through the ANCHOR Program Fund, Inc.
Launching the new effort, young campers participated in a recycling themed “Kan-Jam” competition, tossing bottles and cans into recycling bins which were decorated by the kids. Also attending the press event were Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin and Malibu Summer Camp Operator Butch Yamali.
“While soaking in the sun and relaxing at our beautiful Hempstead Town beaches this summer, you can help the environment and children with special needs,” Santino said. “By taking a moment to dispose of your bottles and cans in one of our designated recycling bins, beachgoers will be keeping our planet clean while supporting a group of special young people who are served by Camp ANCHOR.”
Through the summer beach recycling initiative, all proceeds generated from the recycled bottles and cans will benefit the Camp ANCHOR Program for children with special needs. Santino unveiled the new bins, decorated with posters created by several campers who used their artistic talents to educate the public on the importance of recycling.
“Thank you to our campers for their hard work in making these wonderful drawings to spread awareness of the importance of recycling,” D’Esposito said. “This recycling initiative will ensure that recyclables are disposed of correctly, while also benefiting the children of Camp ANCHOR, truly a win-win,” Ambrosino said.
Following the announcement, two teams of campers competed in a recycling game similar to the popular “Kan-Jam”, demonstrating how easy and fun it is to recycle, as well as the importance of helping young people with special needs. The stakes were high, as the winning team was to receive ice cream for its victory in the recycling game. But thanks to the dedicated efforts of these campers, all participants of the contest received free ice cream courtesy of Malibu Beach Club and Carnival Ice Cream.
The artwork created by the campers will appear on bins at many of the town’s beaches. The blue recycling bins also include signage that informs beachgoers that all proceeds from the recyclables will go to support Camp ANCHOR.
Beachgoers will find the recycling receptacles at the following Town of Hempstead beaches: Town Park Point Lookout, Lido Beach Town Park, Lido West Town Park, Town Park at Sands, Atlantic Beach Estates and East Atlantic Beach.
“When it comes to our summer recycling program, everyone comes out a winner,” Santino concluded. “‘Pitch in’ to help children with special needs and the environment by ‘pitching’ your recyclables into one of our bins.”