BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Over Memorial Day Weekend, the Village’s Green Committee sponsored a very successful “Take Back Day.”
Gently used sheets and blankets were collected for area animal shelters, papers were shredded using the Westchester County Mobile Shredder, and electronic home good were taken for responsible disposal.
Next on the Committee docket is the creation of a “Community Garden” adjacent to the Paddle Courts where families may garden and a “Giving Garden” devoted to growing vegetables for area soup kitchens and food pantries. The Garden is a Bronxville Rotary Club effort.
It is so important that our Village environmental initiatives take hold on a continuous, not one shot basis, and be incorporated as multi-generational family habits. First among them is adherence to the leaf blower ban in effect from June 1 to Sept. 30.
Given the almost obscenely high cost of water in our area, we must find ways to conserve both our wallets and a diminishing natural resource.
Experts recommend watering lawns only once a day in the early morning.Sprinklers should be carefully calibrated to ensure that water is never directed onto sidewalks or driveways.
Property run-off from gutters or sump pumps needs to be directed to grassy areas and not onto the roads or into storm sewers.
Pet waste must also never be placed in sewers as it is a major contaminant to our entire water systems due to the growth of dangerous bacteria.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn - it increases the natural enrichment of the soil and eliminates costly collection trips by our Public Works Department.
If gathered, please bag them curbside so they don’t clog sewers and drains post rain events.
Take special care of trees on your property. They positively alter the environment by moderating climate, improving air quality, harboring wildlife, preserving soil and conserving water.
Regular pesticide use kills microorganisms in the soil and weakens plants so that they are vulnerable to pest infestation and disease.
They can also sicken or kill non-target species such as beneficial insects, fish, birds, frogs and household pets.
Many commercial pesticides are associated with some risk to human health and the environment.