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Welcome to the website of the Village of Ocean Beach Environmental Commission (VOBEC). The Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach is the unofficial capital of the half mile wide by 32 mile long barrier beach of Fire Island, just five miles south of Long Island, New York. Fire Island is a unique place. We are a summer resort, but we are also a national park, the Fire Island National Seashore. We have 17 communities, yet we also have long stretches of beautiful beaches, uninhabited wetlands and wilderness areas.

VOBEC hopes that you find our website useful in obtaining information on recycling, finding out about upcoming VOBEC events, glancing at our Fun Facts and tips on what you can do about the environment, and understanding the eco-system of our barrier island.

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We'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions!

Be Careful With Home Hazardous Waste

Examples of hazardous wastes you may find in your home include oil-based paints, pool chemicals, solvents, and gasoline. These chemicals should always be stored out of the reach of children and pets, away from heat, in their original containers with the labels intact and, whenever possible, should be directed to disposal at a household hazardous waste collection event or taken to an authorized household hazardous waste collection facility in your area. Hazardous wastes should never be poured down your drain or in your toilet.

Examples of ways to reduce these wastes can be found at following link:

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Plastic straw ban coming soon to Ocean Beach?
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Environmental Awareness Day!
This is our 15th Annual Environmental Awareness Day. Our guest speaker, Frank Piccininni is a biologist, environmental attorney, and passionate environmentalist who is dedicated to restoring functional habitat to our human-impacted landscape who will be discussing the benefits of green infrastructure: August 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Community House.

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