Don’t Scrape off Your 2016 Beach Sticker; Holly Hill Honors Expired Stickers

Stickers arrived from the Dept of Parks & Rec back in February 2014. File photo

Stickers arrived from the Dept of Parks & Rec back in February 2014. File photo

Think twice before you scrape off your old beach sticker.

Especially if you rely on it to get into Holly Hill.

Since the Parks & Rec Dept announced they will not issue beach stickers this year – instead incorporating that information into the bar code on beach passes – residents who rely on the stickers for entrance to Holly Hill have been in a quandary.

“Don’t scrape off your old beach sticker,” advised Patrick Collins, Environmental Operations Manager at Holly Hill on Friday.

“We’ll honor last year’s beach stickers this year,” he said. “We’re modifying our signage over the next couple days to say that 2016 stickers will be accepted.”

For years, beach stickers have done double duty, giving access to both parks and the dump, where people can leave off garbage, construction debris, electronics, scrap metal, single stream recycling, and more.

Even residents who pay a hauler for their trash and recycling make separate trips to Holly Hill for the book swap and Goodwill truck. There also lesser known, but coveted perks like the packing popcorn shed and special container to dispose of American flags.

“We’re as busy here at Holly Hill as Tod’s Point,” Collins said.  “We’ll get through this. It’s a matter of awareness.”

In the meantime, Collins and his assistant Nicole Tomczyk have been overwhelmed with requests for dump stickers.

“Nicole and I are staying late every day to keep up with the demand for stickers,”  Collins said. “We’re processing about 50 applications a day.”

The stickers for access to Holly Hill are free to residents and afford access to the entire facility. “Come with your driver’s license and registration,” Collins said.

Collins said for the past several years, Holly Hill has maintained a ratio of 38 to 40 percent of single stream recycling to 60 percent trash. “We’re working to maintain that ratio of recycling to trash,” he said.

Paper Shredding Day
Upcoming events include a paper shredding day organized by Green & Clean and the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board (GRAB), and sponsored by First Bank of Greenwich, Santaguida Sanitation and Greenwich Refuse & Recycling Container Service.

The Paper Shredding is April 22 from 9:30am til 12:30pm at the Island Beach parking lot. The fee is $2.00 per box and there is a six box maximum per car. (Shred only sensitive documents. Remove envelopes, folders, newspapers, metal clips, plastic bindings and report covers, etc)

Household Hazardous Waste Day
May 6 is household hazardous waste day in Greenwich at Island Beach lot. It runs 8:00am until 1:00pm.

Greenwich has a reciprocal agreement with many other towns for each others’ hazardous waste days:

Weston, April 29, 2017 8:30am til 12:30pm at the Public Works Facility, 78 Old Hyde Rd.

Darien, June 3, 2017 9:00am til 1:00pm, Noroton Heights RR Station, (south side parking lot) Hollow Tree Ridge Rd.

Stamford, July 15, 2017 9:00am til 2:00pm at Rippowam School, 381 High Ridge Road.

Norwalk, Aug 26, 2017 8:00am til 2:00pm at Norwalk High School, 23 Calvin Murphy Drive.

New Canaan, September 16, 2017 8:00am til 2:00pm at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 394 Main Street.

Westport, Sept 23, 2017 9:00am til 2:00pm, at the Yard Waste Site 180 Bayberry Lane

Wilton, Oct 28, 2017, 9:00am til 1:00pm at Miller/Driscoll School at 214 Wolfpit Rd.

Click here for more information on Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility.

See also:

Summer ’17 Beach Pass Changes: Monitor at Island Beach Lot; No Beach Parking Stickers (Feb 25)

Parks & Rec Beach Updates: Mild Winter Weather Brings Crowds to Tod’s; Watch for Beach Pass Renewal Mailing (Feb 24)