Cold Spring Site Added to Health Department’s “Caught-in-the-Act” Contest on America Recycles Day

BREWSTER, NY— By popular demand, a third location—FoodTown in Cold Spring—has been added to the Caught-in-the-Act” Contest, commemorating America Recycles Day. From 2 to 4 p.m., on November 22, the recycling coordinator from the health department will be looking again for residents who recycle and rewarding them with a free reusable shopping bag, and social media recognition for their efforts.

Plastic film is everywhere. Store “carry-out” bags are made of it. Beverage cases are shrink-wrapped in it. Newspapers are delivered curbside in it, and unfortunately most is not recycled. The Putnam County Department of Health is trying to change that.

On Tuesday, November 15, the recycling coordinator will be at Acme Supermarket, 149 Route 6 in Mahopac, in the morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Afternoon hours will be DeCicco & Sons, 50 Independent Way in Brewster from 2 to 4 p.m.,

Less than one percent of plastic bags are being recycled, and the health department has been working with stores in the county that are required by law to accept plastic films. All large retail stores, or chains with more than five smaller stores, must participate. Currently there are 25 drop-off locations in Putnam County, including Home Depot, Acme, and Kohl’s in Brewster, and Foodtown in Cold Spring. A complete list is posted online at the PCDOH website.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education.