Babylon, NY - Recycling on the beach (Gilgo Town Beach)


Chapter: Central Long Island
State: NY
Country: USA
Theme: Plastic Pollution
Launch Date: December 01 2010
Completion Date: June 23 2011
Status: Victory

The Central Long Island Chapter was successful in having the Town of Babylon add covered recycling containers on the beach alongside the trash containers at the town-operated Gilgo Beach. For a long time there were only trash containers on the beach and no recycling at Gilgo town beach. The existing trash containers were open and often spilling over with garbage, especially after busy summer weekends. Much of this plastic waste surely ended up on the beach or in the ocean. Furthermore, this is one of the few beaches where drinking is legal so bins were overflowing with beer cans in addition to all the soda and water containers you would expect on a normal beach. The Chapter wrote a letter to the town Supervisor Steve Bellone, they encouraged individuals to write the town, and they were getting petition signatures when the town produced the recycling bins just in time for the summer season of 2011. The Town of Babylon prides itself on its curbside recycling program and other environmental measures within the town, so it only made sense for them to provide that on their beaches too. NY now has an expanded bottle deposit law (see April 2009 victory) so all those plastic water bottles are now worth five cents.