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Mulching (shredding) in-place is the best solution. It is easy to learn, easy to implement, gets great “green” points, and best yet: actually saves time & money!
Absolutely! Mulched leaves are a low cost way to naturally fertilize your lawn and to fertilize and mulch your landscape beds. Benefits of applying leaf mulch to your garden include: 1. Increases water holding capacity of soil, especially useful for absorbing rainwater runoff. 2. Lightens clay soils and gives fluff to sandy soils. 3. Cools roots in summer and provides additional protection in winter. 4. Increase nutrients in the soil. 5. Increases biological activity of earthworms, microbes, and other beneficial soil organisms. 6. Eliminates or reduces yard waste from the entering the costly municipal “waste stream”. 7. It’s a free “fertilizer” for your landscape plants, vegetable garden and lawn.
Irvington's Green Policy Task Force has assembled a vast array of information about mulching.
Irvington's Green Policy Task Force has assembled a vast array of home composting information.
Non-rechargeable household batteries: place in household garbage. Rechargeable batteries: Retailers that sell rechargeable batteries are required by law to accept from consumers and recycle these batteries. Many stores including Home Depot, Radio Shack, Staples, Best Buy and Lowe’s stores have recycling kiosks at their locations. This includes rechargeable nickel-cadmium, sealed lead, lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, any other such dry cell battery capable of being recharged and battery packs containing any of the aforementioned batteries. You should also recycle non-rechargeable button cell batteries at retail locations. They are small, thin and round, and often used in hearing aids, watches and cameras. Examples are silver oxide, mercuric oxide, lithium, and zinc-air batteries. Non-rechargeable lithium batteries are often used in computers and cameras. Vehicle Batteries: Take to a local scrap metal dealer or any vehicle battery retailer or to a gas station.
The Village recycles these items. Scheduling is necessary. Call 591-6044 or e-mail email@example.com to schedule. Leave your address and telephone number. Public Works picks up these items curbside on Thursdays.
To report a street light out at night or on during the day, please call Greg Nilsson at 591-6044 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No appointment needed, done on regular garbage pick-up day.
Bulk Garbage: Material too large to be placed in 32 gallon Village approved garbage cans such as furniture should be put curbside in front of your property with your regular garbage on your regular garbage pick-up day. There is a recently established fee for Bulk Garbage pick-up. The sanitation crew picking up the Bulk Garbage will note the address and the bulk garbage items. The property owner will be sent a bill by the Village Clerk/Treasurer’s Office. For questions about the fees, call 591-6044 or email@example.com.
No. One of the most important responsibilities and challenging tasks facing the Department of Public Works during the Winter Season is keeping the Village roadways and sidewalks safe and accessible during and after a winter storm. This is done in two phases. Phase one is the plowing and salting of all Village roads and sidewalks. Phase two is snow removal. We realize it is frustrating to be “plowed in” by a Village snowplow after clearing your driveway or walkway. This cannot be helped, it is the DPW’s responsibility to clear all Village roadways and keep them accessible especially for our Emergency Services, Police, Fire and Ambulance. When clearing your driveway or walkway after you have been “plowed in” pile the snow on your own property. Do not throw it back into the road as it reacts with the salt, melts, then freezes up and creates a dangerous icing condition. As for snow removal, please be patient. DPW must first remove snow from Broadway, Main Street and all major roads; we then concentrate on the side streets and outlying areas. Your cooperation during storms will be appreciated.
Yes, if you place it in a suitable container (plastic bag or cardboard box), place it curbside and call 591-6044 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Public Works Department is prohibited by law to work on private property. If it is a large animal, such as a deer, you might need to call a landscape contractor.
2. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
3. Check every faucet in your home for leaks. Just a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons per day. Repairing these problems can save 6,000 gallons a year or more.
4. Check your toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank, watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons a day from one of these otherwise invisible toilet leaks. Fix it and you can save more than 30,000 gallons a year.
5. Use your water meter to detect leaks. Simply turn off all taps and water using appliances, then check the meter after 15 minutes. If the meter moved, you have a leak. More...
1. In the fall when the watering season has ended, have a company service your system and winterize it. By making sure the system is empty and ready for winter you will protect it from damage and prevent possible leaks.
2. When turning the system on in the spring, make sure that it is checked for leaks.
3. There are many sprinkler systems presently installed that go on and off automatically. This can be a very effective way to control the systems, but there are many that do not sense moisture. There are many cases where we have seen these systems operating during wet periods, during rain and times when the ground is already saturated. There is equipment that can be installed that will prevent this from occurring, this equipment is able to sense the moisture and will turn the system off when it is not needed. Depending on the size of the system this can make a large difference in the amount of water used.
If you have a system in place, you will want to check the Water Department website to see when we will be doing our hydrant flushing. This is done in the spring and fall, during this time you may want to remove your filter and flush your lines before replacing it. Please contact your service provider for the correct way to do this.