Reduce. Reuse. Recycle... then Throw Away.
A visit to Brookhaven's landfill will convince you, if not already, of the importance of the above adage. Nearing it's peak capacity, this mountain of trash reinforces how we all should be doing our part to reduce waste. Besides being the right thing to do for our society, it is the law.
We live in an era of consumption. Look for ways of reducing waste in the products and service you buy. Consider:
- Buying 2 liter soda bottles instead of a 1/2 case of cans (for one, its cheaper)
- Do not buy bottled water
- Do not accept plastic bags at any store. Bring your own canvas bags.
- Look for foods with less packaging (buy in bulk or go to farmers market in Port Jeff)
- Use synthetic oil in your car and extend oil changes to every 10-15k miles
- Patronize businesses that use recyclable or biodegradable wrappings
Be creative in finding uses for spent and unwanted materials:
- Use empty jars and containers for storing leftovers or in the workshop or for wrapping gifts
- Use the backside of printed paper for notes
- Donate clothing and books to charities such as Big Brother
- Donate household items to Habitat ReStore
- Use that empty dog food bag as a trash bag in your can, instead of filling another trash bag with that bag
Recycling goes beyond putting items in a can at the curb once a week:
- Take lawn trimmings and leaves and return them to natural areas on your lot
- Feed pets (and chickens) leftovers instead of putting in landfill or septic systems
For glass, plastic and paper recycles, the village's vendor is Bianculli. Residents are billed directly by Bianculli for this service. This includes curbside pickup service unless residents arrange for “back door” service for an added fee. The residents must provide their own bins.
Bianculli Sanitation, Inc.
207 Brook Avenue
Deer park, NY 11729
Recycles are picked up every Wednesday throughout the year, alternating every two weeks between 1) Glass, Plastic & Cans and 2) Paper & Cardboard. See the below calendar.
Note that in the Town of Brookhaven it is illegal to discard metal in your trash. Unfortunately, Bianculli does not take recycle metal. However, metal can be collected separately on site, and taken to one of several recycling facilities in the area. Note, they pay money for the metal!
New York State's website is a great source for additional information on reduce, reuse, and recycle. NYS Recycling and Composting. Here is a DEC brochure on recycling hazardous household materials: DEC Recycling Brochure. Also, here is trash and recycling guide from the Town of Brookhaven: Brookhaven Recycling Guide.
Regular trash is picked up every Monday and Thursday. If a holiday falls on a designated pickup day, the trash will be picked up the following day. Trash pickup is also handled by Bianculli Sanitation (see above for contact info).
Leaf & Brush
There is no curbside leaf or brush collection in the Village of Old Field. Please do not place loose leaves, grass, clippings, twigs, branches, or other landscape debris on the roadside. Residents may place such materials into bags for collection. Note that NYS law prevents you from placing leaf and brush material in plastic bags.
Large & Heavy Items
Large metal items (such as file cabinets, appliances, etc.) should be placed curbside for Monday pickup. Other large items (such as furniture, mattresses, etc.) will be collected during regular trash days on Mondays and Thursdays.
What to do with old batteries depends on the type of battery:
- Typical Household Alkaline Batteries (AA, AAA, 9V, D & C) - Ideally a metal recycling center, otherwise regular trash
- Car Lead Batteries - Required by law to take to metal recycling center (pays around $10), or auto retail store
- Rechargeable Batteries (tools, computers, cell phone, etc) - Required by law to take to recycling center or home improvement store / retailer
Recycling & Trash Pickup Schedule
This is the default schedule. Note that when a pickup date falls on a federal holiday, that pickup will occur on the following day.