HAMPSTEAD – The Recycling and Solid Waste Committee announces that Hampstead has increased its recycling rates from 17 to 29 percent over the last six years. Hampstead’s recycling efforts earned the town a $15,000 grant from the SC Johnson Company a few years ago; the recycling committee is using that money for educational purposes relating to recycling.
The committee has determined to focus on composting this year and wants to encourage residents to consider composting. By composting fruit and vegetable scraps and coffee grounds, residents could reduce the trash by as much as 30 percent per composting household, members said. To that end, a composting course is planning for the Hampstead Public Library on May 19 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Chairman Pat Bracken noted problems have arisen with people putting out barrels with mixed contents. He emphasized that recycling receptacles must contain only recycling material.
The committee has prepared a brochure for residents with information about recycling and trash pickup, including the changes to the trash and recycling schedule that take effect Monday, May 4.
The changes to the trash and recycling pickup schedule will affect residents who presently have a Friday pickup day. The following streets will have their trash and recycling picked up as follows: Monday – Anne Drive, Birchwood Drive, Bricketts Mill Road, Brighton Drive, Evergreen Drive, Fieldstone Drive, Hickory Drive, Kevin Lane, Kings Pond Road, Lincoln Road, Marylyn Park Drive, Oxford Road, Picadilly Road, Route 111, Route 121 south of Route 111, Sherry Lane, Sherwood Drive, Tewksbury Road, Wellington Drive and York Road. Residents on the following roads will have their trash and recycling picked up on Thursday – Adeline Street, Courtney Lane, East Road south of Route 111, Faith Drive, Gallant Drive, Golden Meadow Road, Jorgenson Lane, Laura Lane, Maple Avenue, Marshall Road, Pheasant Lane, Quail Run, Rolling Hill Road, Sawmill Lane and Spring Brook.
Holidays that will delay residential trash and recycling pickup by one day include: Monday, May 25, Memorial Day; Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day; and Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving. As July 4 falls on a Saturday and Christmas and New Year’s fall on Fridays, these holidays will not result in any delays in 2015.