The District no longer distributes recycling containers. District residents may choose any of the following options for their recycling:
1) Use or purchase any container clearly marked with the recycling symbol
2) Receive a free recycling sticker from the Town of North Hempstead to utilize
a plain, unmarked container
3) Purchase a recycling container from the Town of North Hempstead
Recycle Your Electronic Waste!
E-waste is a growing environmental concern as many components are considered toxic and are not biodegradable. Please help us keep this material out of the waste stream and properly recycled.
E-waste (computers, TV's, printers, monitors, cell phones, and all other electronics, as well as lithium and re-chargeable batteries and all fluorescent light bulbs) are now accepted at the Solid Waste Management Authority located at 802 West Shore Road between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. These items are also accepted at the Resident Drop-Off Center located at 999 West Shore Road in Roslyn between the hours of 7:30am and 3:30pm on Sundays only.
Go to www.northhempstead.com and click on 'Solid Waste Management Authority' for more information.
What the District Does
The core responsibility of the Port Washington Garbage District is to provide the residents and merchants within the district's boundaries with collection and disposal of refuse and recyclables. The District performs these services by hiring a third party contractor via a competitive bidding process. In addition, the District monitors the performance of the contractor over the life of the contract.
Who Pays For It
You, as property owners, pay for the operations of the District through your taxes. The District produces a budget each year, from which the tax rate is calculated. The taxes are levied by the Town of North Hempstead with the proceeds then passed on to the District to pay for operations. We are happy to report that the District received an excellent report in a 2005 audit by County Controller Weitzman. The Port Washington Garbage District had the lowest cost per parcel of all Districts audited. In some cases, the cost per parcel in Port Washington was less than half the cost in other Districts. Property taxes have been a significant issue on Long Island for many years and we are doing our part to keep your taxes low. According to the audit, the monthly garbage collection and disposal cost per parcel is less than $23 -- you probably spend more on morning coffee. The cost is low for two reasons: the District insists on a truly competitive bidding process; and 2) the District keeps administrative costs low by maintaining NO employees. All functions are performed by the three Commissioners. According to the County audit, only 2% of the District expenses are for administrative costs.
Enforcement of trash and recycling regulations is strictly the purview of the Port Washington Police Dept.and the Town of North Hempstead Division of Code Enforcement. Garbage District commissioners may issue warnings, but have no authority to directly impose fines.
If you believe you see a code violation, please call:
Town of North Hempstead Division of Code Enforcement - Dial 311
In addition, please call the Port Washington Garbage District at 883-4447. We need to be aware of problems to be sure a resolution is achieved.