Too far from zero indeed! Thank you to the Enterprise editorial staff for highlighting the Zoom event “Moving Westchester County Towards Zero Waste” in last week's edition. The event was sponsored by the Westchester Alliance for Sustainable Solutions (WASS) which is based out of Peekskill, a designated environmental justice community and home to Westchester's incinerator. I wanted to note that of the 390,000 tons of waste that Westchester County delivered to the incinerator in 2021, over 13,000 tons of that was from Ardsley, Hastings, Irvington, and Dobbs Ferry.

Also important to emphasize, the incinerator is the largest source of industrial air pollution in the county, and Peekskill residents are feeling the health impacts of that with higher rates of asthma and lung cancer.

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