Letter from the Chairman
Thank you, Rockland
County! Recycling begins at home,
and with your help the Solid Waste
Management Authority has increased
revenues to your municipal budgets
and sent less material to landfills.
I know that recycling takes thought,
planning and commitment, but the payoff
is great. It's a pleasure to work
together, to take pride in ourselves,
to earn money for our community and
to lower our taxes. Most importantly,
we are improving our environment and
our quality of life.
and outreach programs have broadened.
More than 3,000 people have toured
the Herb Reisman Educational Center
to learn more about our environmental
initiatives and to visit our inter-active
museum. Our EcoTeams set the pace
for the Nation, becoming the fastest
growing EcoTeam Program in the United
States. And we are maturing as an
agency, deepening our responsibilities
and enhancing our organizational Policy.
To that end, we initiated a Procurement
Policy, an Investment Policy, a Hiring
Policy and a Records Management Policy
now accepted at every HHW event, in
addition to the usual materials. Free
distribution of two new recycling
bins to Rockland residents has made
curbside recycling easier. Not only
are these bins are bigger and better,
but also the containers are color-coordinated
across the County - an important first-step
toward sidewalk recycling containers
and onsite events recycling. Wheel
kits will be provided to Seniors and
the Disabled. Nearly all of our municipalities
are participating in our program.
We will now encourage greater recycling
initiatives from businesses, schools
and commercial entities. With this
effort and continued residential recycling,
we expect your municipal revenues
to increase. Our composting facility
processes biosolids from the five
wastewater treatment plants for use
as an ingredient in the valuable compost
produced at our Cocomposting Facility.
Our compost sells out quickly, and
helps to beautify roadsides and public
landscapes by enriching the soil.
And now for composting at home: Thanks
to a NYSDEC Grant, the RCSWMA will
be offering Rockland households free
backyard composting bins and instruction
for their home composting. Watch for
publicity, here on the web site and
in your local paper!
Our community programs
continue to broaden. A new Conference
Center and Greenhouse are completed.
The Conference Center offers great
opportunities for education and community
programs, as does the Greenhouse,
where we will demonstrate the health-oriented,
earth-friendly values of organic gardening.
And please visit "the environment"
section of the navigation bar above
for more about our environmental initiatives
as well as links to other web sites.
Additionally, the monthly meetings
of the SWMA Authority are open to
the public, and we invite you to attend
in order to learn, to listen and to
comment. We are here to serve you
-- the People of Rockland -- and we
welcome your participation in our
Christopher P. St.