As our population grows worldwide, we must contend with ever increasing amounts of waste. Recycling as much waste as possible is crucial to every eco-system, not just Fire Island. We strive to educate homeowners and guests alike about the Village's recycling efforts. We enthusiastically encourage participation. Click here to see recycling rules
Plastic bottles for soda, water, juice, detergent, shampoo, glass bottles and jars, tin and aluminum beverage and food cans, etc.
Paper: Ocean beach recycles white and colored paper, mail and envelopes (any color), paper bags, telephone books, Post-Its, etc. Tie items in separate bundles or place in a brown paper bag or box. Place on top of the WRAP can for pick-up. Do not place these items inside the WRAP recycling container. WRAP containers are available in the village office for $10.
Don't forget: Recycled materials are collected only on Sunday. Recycled materials put out on Wednesday will end up in the trash.
For 3-day holidays: Trash and recyclables are generally picked up on Monday at the same scheduled time. If you are unsure, call the Village Office (583-5940) for the most current information.
Bag law: Effective January 1, 2018, businesses in Suffolk County are required to charge 5¢ for any single-use bag. This legislation was enacted in an effort to reduce waste. Do your part, bring a reusable bag.
Possible plastic straw ban: In addition to charging for single-use bags, many cities are contemplating banning plastic straws. We will keep you posted on developments in our area. In the meantime do you part and refuse the straw.
Household Hazardous Waste: Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are materials found in your home that would be regulated as hazardous waste if they were generated outside of a household. These wastes can be flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive and can be dangerous if handled improperly. Examples of household hazardous wastes include oil-based paints, pool supplies, automotive fluids, home hobby chemicals, and compact florescent light bulbs. Ways to reduce the HHW you generate can be found on the USEPA Household Hazardous Waste website.
When these wastes are generated in a household, they are exempt from State and federal hazardous waste regulations. That being said, it is best if they are kept out of your regular garbage. In New York, residents can bring their household hazardous waste to authorized HHW collection facilities (for locations use the following link - list of permitted household hazardous waste facilities) or to a HHW collection event hosted by counties and municipalities. Several HHHW collection facilities are located on Long Island and residents can bring their waste to these locations. The Village of Ocean Beach will be holding a HHW event later in 2021 so please watch for notices of this event.
Handle household hazardous waste carefully to avoid injury to people and animals or damage to the environment.
Store HHW in their original containers with the labels intact.
Keep them out of the reach of children and pets.
Keep them away from heat.
Save unneeded items to take to HHW collection site or dispose of them during a HHW event sponsored by your municipality.
HHW should never be disposed by:
Pouring down the drain
Placing in your recycling bin
Pouring into storm sewers
Dumping on the ground
VOBEC is a mayor-appointed commission whose purpose is to preserve and improve the quality of the natural and man-made environment within the Village in the face of population growth, urbanization, and technological change and their subsequent demands on natural resources.
These areas of focus reflect this mission of maintaining and improving the quality of our life experience and our efforts to foster unified action on environmental problems.
Bulk Pick-up: Wednesdays in 2022:
• June 8
• July 6
• July 20
• August 3
• August 17
• August 31
• September 14
Two Items per Property, per Pick-up: NO mattresses. NO Large Appliances (ie: NO Refrigerators, Ranges, Washers, Dryers, etc.) NO Construction or Landscaping Debris. Must Notify Village Office by the Tuesday Immediately before a Pickup Day, NO LATER THAN 3PM (No Exceptions) to provide address and identify items. Items Must be Placed at Curbside after 3PM on Tuesday for Wednesday Pickup. ***THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE