4/21/2015 - Huntington to Celebrate Earth Day 2015 on April 25

Huntington to Celebrate Earth Day 2015


The Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day 2015 by once again hosting the FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Town Hall Parking Lot at 100 Main St., Huntington. (Rain or Shine.) Click HERE to view, download or print a flyer.

“Each year, the Town tries to highlight how residents can help preserve the environment while savings themselves money, and this year’s expo is no exception,” said Supervisor Frank P. Petrone. “Whether it’s safely shredding unwanted documents to bringing e-waste for recycling or dropping off unneeded and unwanted medicines, residents will find a variety of ways they can get into the Earth Day spirit.”

MEDICINE DISPOSAL: New to the Expo this year is the ability to safely dispose of medicines, an effort co-sponsored by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. Residents will be able to drop off unwanted and unneeded medications, which will be taken by the Suffolk County Police Department for environmentally safe disposal. The Town will also distribute information about the adverse environmental effects on groundwater and Long Island’s drinking water supply when proper protocols are not followed in disposing of pharmaceutical drugs.

COVANTA is our annual sponsor for the PLUG-IN TO E-CYCLING EVENT. This is the latest addition to the Town’s comprehensive and expansive recycling program, giving residents and businesses the opportunity to dispose of obsolete e-waste items such as cell phones, pagers, radios, stereos, computers, laptops, fax machines and televisions.

“In today’s technologically advanced world, identity thieves have more tools in their toolboxes to locate and steal our very valuable and sensitive personal information,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “Identity theft can cause a significant amount of financial and emotional hardship, which is why it is so important help protect ourselves from falling prey,” added Cuthbertson.

IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION: Joining us again this year will be Safety Shred. They are one of largest leaders in the on-site document destruction and identity theft prevention giants on Long Island. Bring your old unwanted outdated documents for on-site disposal. (Please note there will be a three banker-box size limit per person.)

THE GREEN SHOWCASE, will offer multiple demonstrations including residential solar energy, organic gardening and fun activities for the kids. In addition, children can learn how compost is made and plant a seed in a recycled pot.

MARINE LIFE EXHIBIT: Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide children of all ages the opportunity to touch and experience a variety of sea specimens in their marine life touch tank, as they demonstrate the importance of protecting our precious marine environment. There will also be sign up information available on Cornell’s environmental summer camp programs.

“Children and parents alike will definitely have the opportunity for a lot of ‘hands-on’ fun at this event,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “In recognition of Earth Day, it is equally important to be able to show families across Huntington how easy it is to protect kids from harmful chemicals and pesticides, how to make homes and cars more energy efficient and how to save money in the process.”

Back by popular demand is the TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT. This is always a unique and fun opportunity for kids of all ages to climb on, touch and learn about the functionality and safety aspects of the different trucks displayed. Included will be a fire truck, rescue vehicles and a garbage truck among others.

PLASTIC GROCERY BAG RECYCLING: Trader Joe’s of Commack will provide the first 200 residents to trade in a plastic grocery bag with a free ecofriendly tote bag, compliments of Trader Joes.

TREE GIVEAWAY: The Town will give one native bare-root tree sapling to the first 250 residents, courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation. Residents who receive a tree will be asked to plant it on their property. The tree saplings will include red oak, white oak and sugar maple. Planting instructions will be included with each tree. The goal of the tree giveaway is not only to better inform residents about proper tree planting and tree benefits, but also to create an interactive map that shows each tree’s location, the species of tree, and physical characteristics of the tree and a timeline of photos that shows the growth of each tree.

BOATERS can dispose of shrink-wrap either onsite at Earth Day 2015 or anytime through Memorial Day weekend at the Town’s Recycling Center located at 641 New York Avenue.

Join us at this fun-filled event and learn simple ways in which to protect our precious environment.

For additional information on the 2015 Family Earth Day Expo please call: 351-3171.

To learn more about the Town of Huntington’s Single Stream Recycling Program, please call the Department of Waste Management at 351-3186.