WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Westchester County legislators Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh) and Ben Boykin (D-White Plains) began the “Recycling Rangers” program on July 9 with 160 participating campers at the Bits ‘n’ Pieces Enrichment Camp, held at the Church Street Elementary School in White Plains.
The program, created in 2003 by then-legislator Bill Ryan, encourages youth to protect the environment by focusing on recycling. As part of the program, campers create recycling projects and visit the county’s recycling center.
Campers learned that computers, cell phones, ketchup bottles, glass jars, newspapers and other materials can be recycled.
“Having these kids interested in being ‘Recycling Rangers’ keeps them busy with fun activities during the summer and teaches them the importance of protecting our environment,” said Boykin. “These campers are eager to make a difference right now, which will benefit our community in so many ways in the future. Being able to tell difference between garbage and recyclable material for these kids is like a game.”
Joining Boykin and Williams at the kickoff was Frank Williams, the White Plains Youth Bureau's executive director, and Byron Smalls, the camp’s director.
“This is where you start to instill good behavioral practices in our young people,” said Williams, chair of the Board of Legislators Community Services Committee. “They need to know how to keep their world as clean as possible.”