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Solid waste

Turning food scraps into fertilizer: Riverhead launches pilot program in partnership with residents and businesses

Riverhead Town is conducting a pilot food scrap collection program, with the goals of providing material for composting to local farms and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change.

Town board wrap-up: April 5

The Riverhead Town Board on Tuesday approved a special event permit for the Riverhead Country Fair to be held on Oct. 9. Here's a rundown of actions taken during the April 5 meeting.

No, it wasn’t aliens: Why Riverhead’s landfill reclamation project went off-course

Things took place at the town dump many years before the reclamation project got underway — at the direction of some in Town Hall — that surprised town officials years later. And it had nothing to do with aliens or artifacts.

Riverhead looks to increase recycling, reduce wastes sent to incinerator

A draft solid waste management plan being considered by the town board calls for increased compliance with existing recycling rules, recycling food wastes and implementing commercial sanitation districts in some areas of town.

Towns in Suffolk scramble to adapt to changing marketplace for recyclables

Restrictions imposed by China and other Asian countries on imports of recovered materials have thrown recycling programs in U.S. communities into chaos.