Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!

May 12, 2011

I had the pleasure of checking out Gershow Recycling Center in Huntington a few weeks ago, where I was given a little tour of the center and taught all about how and what to recycle. Recycling is something we all learned about when we were very little. But despite its simplicity and how often we hear about it, it does not get done as much as it should. According to Stonybrook University, recycling has decreased in Long Island. Hence, we really need to think more about what we throw away on a daily basis and make a conscious effort to change this finding. While Gershow specifically deals with recycling metals, (and will pay you for any metal you bring in!), Jonathan Abrams, manager at the Huntington recycling center, reminded me that almost ANYTHING can be recycled, as long as you bring it to the right place. Paper, plastics, metals, food — essentially any material can be recycled. In a day and age when all we hear about is how to be green, act green, reduce our carbon footprint–recycling is one of the easiest ways to do all of this. Every state and community has their own recycling “rules” to pay attention to, so not everything can be recycled everywhere. But it is important to be aware of what can be. The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation notes on their website to either contact them, or call your county, town, city or village clerk for your local recycling law. Here is a glimpse, from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website, about what recycling across NY has done:

-Paper recycling in New York State saved 6.7 million cubic yards of landfill space;
-reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5.2 million metric tons of carbon equivalents;
-saved 231 trillion BTUs of energy;
-enough to power 2.2 million New York homes; and
-reduced the need for virgin materials

And as we enter barbecue season, if you need a new grill, recycle your old one! Here are some guidelines to follow in recycling it, courtesy of Gershow Recycling:

-first, contact your propane tank company for proper instruction on how to dispose of/empty the tank without hurting anything or anyone
-never store the tank inside a building
-clean any grease off your grill
-burn off any leftover charcoal bricks, wait for them to cool, then dispose of the coals in a non-combustible container

Moral of the story, doing something little like recycling can make a big difference. Take the time to figure out what can be recycled and what can’t, and you might even make some money off of it!

-Elsa Gillis


Penny Tree

May 10, 2011

As I reported in Lynbrook I watched the joy on each students face as each of them were givent he opportunity to throw dirt around the planted tree. Kindergarten students in Lynbrook brought in 100 pennies each so their principal can purchase a tree to be planted. The students were also able to plant flowers in their Kinder garden and make hats out of recycled items for Earth day. The tree that was planted represent the class of 2013 when they graduate from high school.

Stephanie Belizaire

Save our Future

May 5, 2011

Last week I was asked to report to Bethpage Ballpark to record the last meeting of The Carleton Group. This is a student-based advertising group from NYIT that received working world experience by creating the ad campaign for the Long Island Ducks. I really enjoyed covering this story because the students who are involved in the Carleton Group are much like me, and the other students who are a part of LI News Tonight: they are involved in a program that is giving them the best hands-on experience to prepare them for their future. Sitting at a desk and taking exams just doesn’t cut it. Colleges need to incorporate more programs such as these to really prepare their student for the next step. I think that’s really what adds value to the educational dollar. And this is why it saddens me that NYIT is cutting the LI News Tonight TV show and full course from their curriculum after 25 years running. I personally majored in communications as an undergrad more than 5 years ago and never was able to get to the next step in a broadcast career. It wasn’t until last year that I found out about LI News, and taking it now as a 28-year old student has renewed my belief that this is something I can pursue. I cannot tell you how much I’ve learned and accomplished in such a short amount of time. And no one on the outside would ever really understand all we do unless they went through it. LI News is such a valuable program and I hope that school realizes what they are doing it by cutting it in half. I think dollars should be spent more wisely and they should rethink the decision they have made..and help save our future.

-Adrienne Hara