Kent Recycling Center
Route 52 and Horsepound Road, Kent Lakes

Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM - All year round

We invite you to come visit our Unshopping Center. We are open every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM on Route 52 across from Horsepound Road and just below Bottle Gate Farms.

We Recycle all the traditional items such as Glass (clear, green and brown); Tin cans; Aluminum (foil, cans, and scraps), Plastics (those numbered 1,2,and 3); Newspaper; Junk mail; Cardboard and Scrap metal.

We Also Recycle brown paper bags, plastic bags, Styrofoam peanuts, wire coat hangers, eyeglasses, clothing, egg cartons, Motor oil, batteries of all kinds; and, all refundables. Our "instant recycling share table" resembles a flea market where everything is free. Any member can place something of value on the table and any other member can take it home... and this service is free!

We Also Accept Household Garbage and Bulk Items! The only things we are not authorized to accept are hazardous wastes and construction and demolition debris. However, we can tell you where to dispose of these items.

Our Rules Are Simple: The recyclables must be clean and the cardboard flattened. Each item has it's separate container. There is a yearly membership fee of $50, a fee of $3 for a 30lb bag of garbage and a sliding charge for bulk items (see chart below). Freon containing items such as freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers cost $15, overstuffed chairs and sofas vary from $5 to $15 and scrap metal costs $1 to $10 depending on weight and size.

The Center is Operated by the Kent Recycling Commission whose members are appointed by the town. They are assisted by a large group of volunteers. The Center subsists entirely on the income from its fees. The fee for garbage covers our recycling costs. The yearly membership fee covers capital expenses.

Our Center Has the Highest Recycling Rate in Putnam County. We would love to have you join us as a patron, a volunteer worker, or even as a spectator!

In Kent, the alternative to our Center is curbside collection. It is more costly and less efficient. The result is that more of the resources of our planet end up in a landfill. They should be recycled so that our children can use them and so that others on our planet can live a good life.

Jim Baker can be contacted at 225-7901

Average annual household cost: ~ $225*
(* plus untold Positive Community Spirit, which is priceless!)

Come and Volunteer. Just drop by and say "I'd like to help."




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