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If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Westchester County Recycling Helpline at (914) 813-5425.
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) 813-5403. Someone will get back to you to confirm your appointment.
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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.
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 report a suspected violation, file the Recycling Complaint Form with the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities.
The Source Separation Law sets the parameters for recycling in Westchester. Westchester County considers any violation of the law to be a serious offense. Enforcement is conducted through a multi-step program ranging from warnings (following inspections) to violation notices and ultimately to fines. Residents, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are all subject to possible penalties for non-compliance.
Read the Source Separation Law Executive Summary for Residential and Commercial Multi-Tenant Buildings and the Source Separation Law Executive Summary for Non-Residential Waste Generators, to know the requirements under the law.
Besides civil and criminal penalties, licensed haulers, who collect solid waste and recyclables, may get their licenses revoked for non-compliance. In order to operate in Westchester, all haulers are required to be licensed. The licensing program is managed by the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission.
As requested, municipalities will be given assistance in levying and collecting their own fines.
While they are still available, Oops! stickers can be used by municipal sanitation departments to label improperly separated waste and recyclables that is left at the curb. There are five types of Oops! stickers:
- recyclables mixed with garbage (English)
- recyclables mixed with garbage (Spanish)
- Freon containing devices
- TVs and monitors (CRTs)
- recyclables in plastic bags
Contact us to request stickers.