As Earth Day (April 22) nears, East Hampton Town officials are looking for more volunteers for their Recycling and Litter Committee.
The committee’s liaison Councilwoman Sylvia Overby and its chair, Kathleen Kirkwood, host an open forum on the second Thursday of every month at 4 PM at town hall to discuss initiatives to reduce waste, promote recycling, and keep the community and beaches cleaner.
The litter committee’s mission is to create, develop, and implement informational and educational projects, activities, initiatives, and campaigns that are designed to reduce and prevent litter. The committee also has an interest in increasing recycling, raising public awareness, and encouraging community action in these efforts.
In 2017, the committee had a number of achievements, including upgrading its overview and agreement forms for the Adopt-A-Road program. The upgrade was organized to make the forms more modern and easy to understand. The forms now provide participants with a simple, clear path to adopting a road for clean-up, officials said.
The committee worked with the town’s sanitation department to clarify recycling signs at both centers to make them more consistent. New signs will appear in both Spanish and English and they will be distributed in the near future. The committee hopes a clearer understanding of the system will lead to an increase in recycling, officials said.
In April 2017, the committee partnered with the Concerned Citizens of Montauk in its Annual Great Montauk Cleanup, encouraging the public to participate by posting an announcement on the town’s website, according to officials.
Through the committee’s efforts in 2017, members the public can now organize beach or area cleanups of their own and encourage others to participate by having their announcement posted on the town website. PDFs of flyers can be sent to KathleenKirkwood@brarecyclingagency.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Announcements will be posted on the town’s website at www.ehamptonny.gov.
The committee’s 2017 public service announcements were successful in co-promoting screenings of An Inconvenient Truth and its sequel, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power with the East Hampton Library, officials said. The committee used the forums to educate the public on the benefits of recycling and the impact of litter on our planet.
The committee is a volunteer group and is looking for new part-time and year-round members. For more information, contact Councilwoman Sylvia Overby via email at email@example.com or phone by calling 631-324-2620.