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Village Announces New Food Scrap Recycling Program

foodscrapOn January 9th, the Village of Scarsdale launched a food scrap recycling program. Residents can now bring their food scraps to the Scarsdale Recycling Center located at 110 Secor Road where there will be a drop-off site. ALL food scraps, including but not limited to meat, dairy, fish, fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta, cooked food, leftover food, etc. will be accepted. This is not just for food scraps that could go into a backyard compost bin, any food scraps are accepted at the drop-off site. The collected food scraps will be brought to a commercial composting facility outside of Scarsdale to be recycled into compost. Scarsdale is proudly the first municipality in Westchester County to offer this service!

Recycling food scraps is easy! Here's how to do it:

First, collect your food scraps in a countertop pail. Although not required, you may line your pail with a compostable bag - please no plastic bags. Compostable bags are available for purchase at the Recycling Center office.

Second, since most residents will fill the countertop pail with food michellescraps a few times per times per week, it is suggested that residents have a larger bin to transfer food scraps into for weekly storage. This larger bin can also be used for transportation of the food scraps from your home to the Recycling Center. Anything that holds around 5-6 gallons and has a lid will work.

Third, bring your bin to the Food Scrap Recycling drop-off bins at the Scarsdale Recycling Center (110 Secor Road) to dispose of your food scraps as often as needed. The drop-off site is open during the Recycling Center hours of operation (Monday-Saturday 8am-3pm). There is no charge to drop off food scraps.

This service follows successful food scrap recycling programs that have been underway in the Scarsdale schools, several houses of worship and at local events for some time now. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this great new service.

To make getting started easy, food scrap collection "Starter Kits" can be requested by residents. A starter kit includes a small countertop pail, a larger storage and transportation bin and a roll of compostable liner bags for the pail. Residents can purchase a starter kit at the Scarsdale Recycling Center Office (110 Secor Road) or request one a at ScarsdaleCompostKit.com. The kits cost $20. The starter kits are being provided by residents, this is not a Village of Scarsdale service.

ronMost importantly, start bringing your food scraps to the drop-off bins at the Scarsdale Recycling and help keep food scraps out of the trash!

Have questions or want to learn more? Please email composting@scarsdale.com. You can also go to the Food Scrap Recycling link at http://www.scarsdale.com/170/Sanitation for more information on the program including the lists of what is and isn't accepted in the food scrap drop-off bins.

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Swim Team Swims Breast Stroke for Breast Cancer Research

swimteamThe SHS swim team raised almost $10,000 at its second annual "Swim Breaststroke for Breast Cancer" event on November 19th. The swimmers collected pledges from the community ranging from .25 cents to $25 a lap. This year's event was held at Westchester Community College pool and included over 30 swimmers from the boys and girls swim team's who donated almost $ 10,000 to The American Cancer Society.

Locals Spread Holiday Cheer

toysLocals were busy this week lending a hand to those in need to make the holidays bright. Here are a few reports from around town. The Greenacres Community Service Committee held its annual toy drive. Families donated toys for their sister school, PS1 located in the Bronx. PS1 has 675 students and Greenacres students wanted to be sure each student would receive a toy this holiday season. Many Greenacres families donated two or more gifts. On December 14th, 5th grade students loaded all the gifts onto a bus and two students from each 5th grade class traveled to PS1 to deliver the toys in person.

werunxmasThe Scarsdale based WeRun club, joined with many enthusiastic local Westchester residents, to run the annual Westchester 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation on Saturday Dec.10, 2016. The 34 runners formed the "Run for Hope" team, one of the largest. Collectively they raised over $1700 to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

juliafeecoatdriveJulia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty in Scarsdale is now collecting toys, warm coats and diapers for three separate drives to help support community members in need. Charities benefitting from the company's efforts include the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, One Warm Coat, Westchester Coalition for the Homeless and the Westchester Diaper Bank. Drop off your donations at their office at 28 Chase Road between 9am and 5 pm.

Zachys and the PBA Donate $42,000 to Charity

zachyscheckOn December 19, 2016, Zachys Wine & Liquor of Scarsdale and The Scarsdale Police Benevolent Association presented a total of $42,000 to two charities: $21,000 was presented to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and $21,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Proceeds were raised at the annual PBA Golf Classic.

Photo above courtesy of Zachys: Pictured (left to right): Boris Grgas, President of Scarsdale PBA; Don Zacharia, CEO of Zachys Wine & Liquor; Josephine Zacharia; Jeff Zacharia, President of Zachys Wine & Liquor; Nina Zacharia, Michael Neff, of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Ronnie Arefieg, Chairman/Director of Scarsdale PBA; and Cheryl and David Bunzel, of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Scarsdale Residents Donate Holiday Gifts for Children in Need

WJCSFor the 11th year in a row, the WJCS Have a Heart Luncheon at the home of Linda Plattus in Scarsdale ensured that hundreds of children in communities throughout Westchester will have a gift this holiday season.

WJCS Board members and Scarsdale residents Linda Plattus, Suzanne Yearley, Sarah Kayle, Nina Ross and Loretta Rosenbaum hosted the event on December 6th that was attend by approximately sixty people who donated an abundance of gifts and gift cards. WJCS has received 750 request for toys for children age infant through high school that are served in WJCS programs. These donations will go directly to these children and in most cases, will be the only toy they will receive this holiday season.

"For most Westchester families the holiday season is a time of joy and celebration. However, for too many of our neighbors, it is a stressful time," said Linda Plattus, "and The Have a Heart event is a wonderful opportunity to brighten the lives of children and families in our local community."

WJCS serves 7,000 children annually through a network of programs including after-school, early literacy, mental health, domestic violence prevention and services for pregnant and parenting teens and LGBTQ youth. In many of the communities served by WJCS, approximately 20% to 40% of the children live below the federal poverty level.

The following local merchants generously donated to the event: Cherry Lawn Farm Market, House of Flowers, Lange's Of Scarsdale, Martine's Fine Bake Shoppe and Patisserie Salzburg.

WJCS is one of the largest non-profit, non-sectarian human services agencies in Westchester, serving 20,000 people annually at more than 80 locations from Yonkers to Peekskill. The agency's integrated network of services includes mental health treatment, youth services, residential and non-residential programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism, home health and geriatric services. For more information, go to www.wjcs.com.

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