Boosting efforts to prevent mercury from entering the waste stream, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced today that through a partnership with Covanta, residents who recycle their old mercury thermostats at the next Town of Hempstead Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (STOP) event will receive a $10 gift card to a local home center.
This $10 total is double the $5 amount that residents have traditionally received under the Hempstead Town/Covanta Mercury Recycling Program. The increased “double bounty” offer is only available at the final Hempstead Town STOP event of 2016, on Sunday, December 4th at Eisenhower Park (Parking Field No. 3) in East Meadow from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gift card offers are limited to three per household.
“We thank Covanta for increasing the incentive for neighbors to safely dispose of their old mercury thermostats,” Santino said. “Mercury-based thermostats pose a threat to our environment, and I encourage neighbors to take advantage of this limited time offer to help us stop mercury from entering the waste stream.”
“Covanta is proud to partner with the Town of Hempstead with the S.T.O.P. program’s “Mercury Double Bounty” take back event,” said Covanta Hempstead’s facility manager Larry Evans. “Covanta will be offering $10 gift cards to any resident who turns in a mercury-containing thermostat or thermometer. Covanta believes in the importance of properly managing the disposal of these mercury containing thermostats. By keeping mercury out of the waste stream we are protecting the environment and avoiding the negative health effects that improper disposal could have.”
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. Hempstead Town has maintained a longtime partnership with Covanta through its successful mercury collection program conducted during the town’s S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) events. Mercury recycling efforts in the Town of Hempstead continue to grow – since 2014, the Town of Hempstead has collected over 60 pounds of mercury through this initiative.
In addition to mercury recycling at Hempstead Town’s S.T.O.P. program, residents can also dispose of an array of household hazardous materials, including bleach, drain cleaners, household batteries, latex and oil-based paints and much more. For a list of accepted items, and for more information about S.T.O.P. and E-Cycle events, visit Hempstead Town’s sanitation webpage online at www.toh.li/sanitation-department or call (516) 378-4210, option 6.
“With the holiday shopping season upon us, this is a simple and environmentally sensible way to earn a $10 gift card,” Santino said. “Thanks to Covanta and our shared vision of protecting our planet, hundreds of residents have safely disposed of old mercury-laden thermostats through the years, and we expect a large turnout at our next STOP event.”