Homeowner Resources


Energy Efficiency


Long Island Green Homes - The Long Island Green Homes Consortium is a cooperative effort of seven Long Island municipalities. The goal of the Consortium is to reduce energy costs and usage for Long Island homeowners by helping them get comprehensive home energy audits and make cost effective energy upgrades to their home.




Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Publications


Managing and Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste Guidance Document- (PDF Format, 211k) - 17 page NYS DEC guide.


Reduce Your Household Hazardous Waste (safe alternatives) - NYS DEC web site

Household Hazardous Waster Disposal and Alternatives Chart- NYS DEC web site

Automotive Product Disposal- (PDF Format, 66k) - 2 page NYS DEC brochure on disposal of brake fluid, antifreeze, used oil, carburetor cleaners, gasoline, diesel, and used batteries.

Don't Let Your Tires, Used Oil and Lead Acid Batteries Pollute the Environment- (PDF Format, 49k) - 2 page NYS DEC brochure on disposal of auto related items.

Cleaning and Maintenance Product Disposal- (PDF Format, 40k) - 2 page NYS DEC brochure on disposal of bleach, oven cleaners, drain openers, surface cleaners, polishes, waxes, amonia and adhesives.

Pesticide Disposal - (PDF Format, 39k) - 2 page NYS DEC brochure on pesticide disposal.

Paint Disposal- (PDF Format, 556k) - 3 page NYS DEC brochure on latex, oil based, hobby and aerosol paint disposal.

Solvent Disposal - (PDF Format, 39) - 2 page NYS DEC brochure on solvent disposal (nail polish, paint removers, degreasers, septic cleaners)

Town of Oyster Bay Stop Throwing Out Pollutants Program - Town of Oyster Bay web site


Lawn Care Publications


Leave It On The Lawn- NYS DEC web site - Provides a description of lawn care waste reduction tips and beneficial use of grass recycling.


Everything You Wanted To Know About Composting, But Were Afraid To Ask- (PDF Format, 293k) - Provides a description on how to make a compost pile and its beneficial uses.


Green Lawns and Green Gardens- NYS DEC seb site - Have a beautiful lawn without chemicals


Rain Gardens: A How to Manual for Homeowners - (PDF Format, 32 pages) Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Native Plant Garden Brochure - (PDF Format, 2 pages) - Manhasset Bay Protection Committee



 Onsite Wastewater (Septic or Cesspool) Treatment Systems


Get Pumped! Long Island - Web site developed by the Manhasset, Hempstead Harbor and  Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committees, the Town of Oyster Bay and Friends of the Bay provides homeowners with accurate information and guidance to keep their Home Wastewater Systems functioning reliably while saving money and protecting our precious water.A Homeowners Guide to Septic Systems - US EPA fifteen (15) page guide.


Recycling Publications


Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Pamphlets Informational Material Links - NYS DEC web site


Reduce Your Junk Mail- NYS DEC web site


How to stop credit card offers via mail- NYS DEC web site


Reusable Lunchbox- (PDF Format, 111k) - NYSDEC brochure on reducing waste from school lunches.


Reuse It Or Lose It- (PDF Format, 481k) - 15 page NYSDEC brochure on recycling.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost and Buy Recycled- (PDF Format, 612k) - 3 page NYSDEC brochure on recycling.

A School Waste Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, Composting & Buy Recycled Resource Book - (PDF Format, 776K) - 34 page guide from NYS DEC

STOP - Save That Office Paper - (PDF Format, 322k) - 24 page NYSDEC brochure on office paper recycling.