NOTES FROM NAPANOCH #22
The Transfer Station
by Joe Bevilacqua
When my wife and I first moved to Napanoch, we subscribed to one the local garbage pickup services but quickly found it expensive and unnecessary. Since we cook most of our meals from scratch, bake our own bread, buy very little packaged goods, and most of our leftovers go into our compost pile for use in our garden, we make very little garbage to throw away.
Then, we discovered the Town of Wawarsing Transfer Station, on Rout 209, canceled the pickup service and started bringing our trash there. We were so impressed with their service, my wife and I wrote a poem about it. (SEE BOTTOM)
The Wawarsing Transfer Station hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed Sundays and Mondays, and all holidays.
The operation is run by Sean Slater, who, along with Tom Jones and Chauncey Smith, can be seen unloading trash of all sorts and sizes and generally trying to help people.
“If we see a truck pull up with a load of shingles, we jump up on the back of the truck and help unload them,” said Slater, who has worked at the Transfer Station eight years.
The service is available to all Town of Wawarsing residents, who get a permit from the Town clerk's office. The cost is $45 per year, and $2.00 per bag up to a 35 gallon bag. There do not except cash. You can pay with a personal check, or you can buy $10 or $20 punch cards.
Recycle drop off is free and there is no permit required. This includes tin cans, plastic, glass bottles, newspapers, junk mail, magazines, cardboard, scrap metal. The plastic and the tin cans do not have to be separated but glass bottles do.
Refrigerators and air conditioners are $10 a piece because the freon must be pumped out of them. Washing machines, dryers, stoves, hot water heaters are $4.00 a piece. They also take waste oil. The Transfer Station now takes more types of plastic. According to Slater, “We used to only take plastic containers that had necks on them but just last week, we started taking margarine dishes, yogurt containers, etc. The numbers we take are 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7.”
Slater offered this tip: “We don't take jar lids or plastics caps, but if you leave the lid participially on your tin cans, we can take those.”
My wife offered this one: “If you use paper bags at the grocery store, you can collect your cardboard recycle in them and the Transfer Station will take them in the same dumpster.”
Permits run January to January but can be bought anytime.
“The sooner the better,” adds Slater. “If people buy them now, we will give them until the end of January 2009 to renew.”
For more information about the Wawarsing Transfer Station, contact Sean Slater at 845-647-3410.
Ode to the Transfer Station
by Joe Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg
Oh, transfer station of our dreams,
Limbo for recycle and waste.
Bags flying! Boxes hurled!
But never in haste.
A ballet in coveralls.
Trash, two bucks a bag.
All the recycle we can sort.
Forty-five a year, ain't a drag.
Black smoke rising from the yard
Is a thing of the past.
Plastic and glass all bagged up
To help the planet last.
Scraps and scrapings return to the soil.
Leaves and weeds go in.
Worms compost all this up.
Food for the garden when Spring begins.
What day is it? Are the cans out?
Barefoot and robe-less, stub a toe.
Down the driveway in a scurry.
Oh, transfer station, you've changed our lives.
No morning noise of bump and schlump.
Cans on the street no longer seen.
Replaced by a filled up trunk.
Few wrappers floating over head.
No bottles on the street.
Passed the pine cones,
Our trip is short and sweet.
It's not unusual to see Tom Jones
Swinging his hips like the pop star.
Glad to see him and all the guys
Pulling junk from our car.
No gulls flying; no stink, no smell!
Diesel pick up costs a lot.
No matter how much we haul
You take all we've got.
Bears and coons have nothing to bother.
Temptation in the garage with lids so tight.
Less odors to entice and food to sniff.
Nature eats in the woods tonight.