The Village of Mineola is returning to a recycling schedule that takes place every week, including holidays, Mayor Paul Pereira said during the Wednesday board of trustees meeting.
Mineola did not have recyclable pickup during sanitation weeks that were changed due to a holiday, which Pereira said caused widespread confusion.
“I heard what the residents had to say and the changes that are instituted for 2023, which is really going back to the way things were, is that recyclable collection will take place every week,” Pereira said. “We will go back to recyclables picked up even during holiday weeks.”
There will be rubbish and recycling picked up for holiday weeks, but newspaper and cardboard collection will not take place during that same time.
Observed village holidays for 2023 include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 16, Lincoln’s Birthday on Feb. 13, Presidents’ Day on Feb. 20, Good Friday on April 7, Memorial Day on May 29, Independence Day on July 4, Labor Day on Sept. 4, Columbus Day on Oct. 9, Election Day on Nov. 7, Veterans Day on Nov. 10, Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 23, Christmas Day on Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day on Jan. 1, 2024.
All materials on the day of collection must be placed at a homeowner’s curb by 7 a.m. Items cannot be placed at the curb on weekends or before holidays unless it is a scheduled collection according to the village’s holiday schedule.
The mayor also requested any residents that haven’t done so sign up for the village’s email alerts, download the MyMineola app, check the Facebook page or call village hall if they have questions on sanitation or anything else regarding the village.
In her report Deputy Mayor Sartori said the Mineola Memorial Library is holding a winter coat drive for the whole month of January to benefit the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.
Trustee Paul Cusato, along with the entire board, thanked the Mineola Fire Department for “stepping up to the plate” this holiday season.
Cusato, a firefighter himself, said the department made 275 visits during the 15 days of Operation Santa while attending different tree lightings throughout the village and Morgan Parc.
“After speaking with the fire department, they told me that after all the activities that took place, our program probably touched the lives of 3,000 children,” Cusato said. “I commend and acknowledge our volunteer firefighters for rearranging their schedules and working to keep this holiday tradition.”
“It’s an effort that should really be commended,” said Trustee Jeffrey Clark, also a firefighter. “It’s done like this in no other place and that’s for sure.”
In unrelated village news, there will be a police forum on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the community center.
The next Mineola Board of Trustees meeting will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11.