The goal of this campaign is to achieve greater transparency within the recycling practices in Long Island.

Launch Date: August 2017

Status: Ongoing

Campaign Lead: Cariann Wood: cariann.wood@stonybrook.edu 

Background Story: In an attempt to launch an Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program, the Chapter encountered a hurdle. Proper recycling techniques is a requirement for restaurants to be certified as “Ocean Friendly.” However, most of the restaurants that we spoke with about this program were relying on carting companies to transport their waste to be “Recycled.” However, even if the landfill waste and recycling is separated in the front of the store, many carting companies throw the waste into the same dumpster to be transported.

The Eastern Long Island Chapter, with the help of Cariann, a Graduate Student from Stony Brook University, will be investigating the recycling practices of residential recycling facilities and common commercial carting companies, where the trash gets taken to, what is actually recycled, and if there is the possibility of improving the system. If you have any information that may help the chapter’s research, or are interested in teaming up, please contact Cariann at cariann.wood@stonybrook.edu .