In 2012, the Hempstead Town Board launched an environmental initiative to help make our planet a healthier place for our families and future generations. The Town now offers composters and rain barrels to residents for a nominal fee. This program provides residents with an opportunity to be responsible stewards of the planet. It also serves as an educational opportunity for young people.
50-gallon rain barrels are being offered to neighbors and are designed to integrate into homeowner gutters and leaders, collecting rainwater from roofs. This water is ideal for watering gardens and lawns. During a heavy rainfall, a typical roof can provide hundreds of gallons of water. By recycling/collecting rainwater, it is estimated that tap water usage can be reduced by as much as 40% during certain periods. In addition to water conservation, rain barrel usage can help lower water bills. Using rain barrels also help reduce harmful storm runoff into area bays and waterways.
Rainbarrels are being offered at a minimal cost of $45. Items may be picked up at the Merrick Waste Management Facility located at 1600 Merrick Road in Merrick, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM. Proof of residency is required and payment must be made in either cash or check made payable to the Town of Hempstead. As there is a limited supply remaining, please call (516) 378-4210 to verify availability or to obtain additional information.