Recycle The Rain Program

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rainNorth Hempstead’s “Recycle the Rain” water conservation program allows residents to purchase 50-gallon rain barrels at a discounted rate of $50. The rain barrels can recycle as much as 1,800 gallons of storm water during in a single summer season. Close to 600 residents have already signed up.

While you’re recycling the rain for your garden, you can add some organic material to your soil using your own home composter. By taking part in the Town’s Composting Cooperative you can keep yard and kitchen waste out of our landfills and turn it into nutrient filled organic matter. Composters with a retail value of $150 are provided at a subsidized fee of $50.

Residents interested in participating in either program are given an instructional class held at Clark Botanic Garden, located at 193 I.U. Willets Road in Albertson. Classes are approximately a half hour and are held back-to-back. Upcoming classes are Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 13 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. For more information, 3all 311 or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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