America Recycles Day
In recognition of America Recycles Day this year, the City of Troy reaffirms our commitment to protect and preserve our natural resources through more responsible waste disposal methods.
Troy residents are encouraged to consider all three R’s related to proper waste disposal: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The order of these three R’s is important. First reduce waste, reuse materials when possible, and then recycle them.
Consumers should consider the waste and environmental impact of each purchase. There are many small ways to reduce your daily influence on the City solid waste stream; some simple suggestions include:
- Bring a reusable bag to the grocery store instead of using plastic bags
- Use a reusable coffee mug from home
- Avoid take out and single use containers wherever possible, especially with restaurants
During the holiday season it is important to consider donating usable goods. It is better to donate an old appliance or piece of furniture than to throw it out. Reach out to local community organizations to see if you can donate your old TV or desk instead of leaving out for the City waste collection. Donate clothing items to charitable organizations rather than throwing away with your household garbage.
In the event clothing items cannot be donated, please consider using the City’s Textile Recycling pilot program launched earlier this year. Four textile drop off locations are located within the City available to anyone interested in recycling old textiles including – clothing, belts, blankets, curtains, drapes, gloves, hats, hand bags, shoes, sheets, towels, sneakers and stuffed animals.
The four locations are as follows:
Fire Department Central Station – 2175 6th Avenue (rear alley)
Fire Department Station #1 – 115th Street and 5th Avenue
Fire Department Station #3 – 530 Campbell Avenue
The Alamo – Corner of Main Street and E. Industrial Parkway (across the street from the Rensselaer County Jail)
Thank you for doing your part to reduce our City’s environmental impact, keeping our streets clean and keeping reusable and recyclable materials out of the waste stream and local landfills.