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If you entered contact information, we will follow up with you if we have any additional questions.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Westchester County Recycling Helpline at (914) 813-5425.
Westchester County's DEF conducts Mobile Shredding and Drug Disposal Events, as well as Food Rescue Forums. If you need to dispose of hazardous materials, shred documents, or want to learn more about food rescue initiatives, please visit us at the Household Material Recovery Facility.
Service at the events works on a first-come-first-served basis. In extreme weather, when working conditions are deemed unsafe, events may be cancelled or terminated early. Be advised that on occasion, at a highly attended event, the Mobile Shredder unit can reach its maximum capacity for paper shredding before closing time. Although infrequent, residents should be aware of this and open minded of the possibility of an early closure. On the day of an event, residents can call the county's Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425 to check on a cancellation or early closure.
For more information on recycling, visit any of these Web sites:
|New Paltz Reuse Center|
|The New Paltz Reuse Center is a non-profit community warehouse, open to the public, specializing in the redistribution of arts, education and building materials rescued from the business waste stream. Services provided include waste assessments, distribution of reusable business waste and workshops illustrating possible re-uses for such materials.|
|NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation|
|Official page of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for business recycling. Obtain information about its structure, management, policies, history, contacts, jobs and volunteer opportunities.|
|US EPA Conservation: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle|
|The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency site for general information on protecting our air, land and water. Information on environmental careers with the federal government and grants to help safeguard the natural environment and protect human health.|
|US EPA WasteWise|
|The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency official site for WasteWise: Preserving Resources, Preventing Waste. WasteWise is a free, voluntary program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment.|
|WestchesterFreeShare and WestchesterNYFreecycle|
|These online groups serve as a forum to exchange used but usable items. They help reduce waste by connecting individuals who are discarding goods with those who are seeking them. You must have a Yahoo! account to use these programs. WestchesterNYFreecycle maintains a "two strikes, you’re out" policy to guarantee proper participation.|
To schedule a MRF tour for your organization, please complete and submit the form below. Please note: tours are limited to groups of 45 people or less. If you need more information, call the Westchester County Recycling Office at (914) 813-5964. Someone will get back to you to confirm your appointment.
We require the following contact information:
MRF tours educate visitors on the recycling process in Westchester County. MRF tours are free of charge and by appointment only. Tours may be scheduled for groups starting at the kindergarten level, including school classes, scout troops and special interest groups.
Please note: Tours are limited to groups of 45 people or less.
Groups are taken to an observation tower to view machinery that separate, sort and prepare materials to be sold to third party manufacturers. The manufacturers recycle the materials into new end products. From the tower, viewers can also see the tipping floor, where truckloads of recyclables are delivered and dropped off. A brief presentation and educational video is shown to explain the purpose and benefits of recycling.
Tours typically last between 45 minutes and 1 hour. Teachers - when planning your tour, please make certain that you have adequate supervision for the children in your group. The MRF is a working garbage transfer station and recycling center and safety is always a primary concern.
The MRF is located in Yonkers; Exit 6A/Stew Leonard Drive off the NYS Thruway/Interstate 87, just opposite Home Depot and Stew Leonard's. It is a busy transfer station that is closed to the public - except for pre-scheduled group tours.
MRF tours are available Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., except on county holidays. Groups are encouraged to visit the MRF in the morning, when the facility is most active. Depending on staff availability, tour hours can at times be extended until 3:30 p.m. to accommodate after school groups.
The MRF's Recycled Material Art Gallery
Westchester County’s new Recycled Material Art Gallery is located within the MRF’s Education Center and features artwork from six local artists. All the pieces are constructed out of recycled or reused materials, with the exception of hand-painted murals, which focus on environmental themes. The installation of the ‘Trash as Treasure’ themed exhibit took six months and thousands of pounds of various recycled and reused materials.
The Recycled Material Art Gallery was officially unveiled in celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2014 by County Executive Robert P. Astorino.
View the guide to the gallery, including pictures of the artwork, descriptions of the materials used and artist biographies.
The graphic to the right is a free-style, hand painting entitled "Turtle Swim" by Piero Manrique. He used semi-gloss house paints.