Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse, Reduce and Rethink. Through adopting simple habits of conservation, we can each do our part to preserve the ecological integrity of Schroon Lake and its watershed. This section offers eco-friendly ideas to help preserve and conserve our environment. As we discover new tips, we’ll keep sharing them with you.
“Tis the season for spring-cleaning.” As winter fades and with summer just around the corner, it’s the time of year we think about decluttering our closets and cupboards. Repurposing your clothing and household items can be a simple way to help lessen the amount of waste sent to landfills.
There are a number of organizations and establishments in our local community that accept donated items. They respectfully request that clothing be clean and gently used, household items in good repair and small appliances in working condition.
The Reuse Shop at Chestertown Transfer Station
63 Landon Hill Rd., Chestertown, NY 12817
518-494-3952 Contact person: Debbie
Hours: 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Mon., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Sun. (closed Tues./Wed.).
Items accepted: Clothing, Shoes, Books, Toys, Puzzles, Linens, Countertop Small Appliances, Household Items.
Please call ahead if you have a large amount of items to donate.
Mountainside Share Shop at Mountainside Church
165 US Route 9, Schroon Lake, NY 12870
Contact person at the shop: Rannei Rambow
Hours: 9 a.m. -1 p.m. every Saturday. Donations can be made during these hours or anytime in the large green drop box located at the front door of the shop.
Items accepted: Clothing, Shoes, Boots, Purses, Jewelry, Clothing Accessories, Bed Linens and Towels. They DO NOT accept household items.
North Country Ministry
3933 Main St., Warrensburg, NY 12885
518-623-2829 Ext. 304. Contact person: Kayla Carlozzi, Executive Director.
Hours: Tues. 12 - 2 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1st & 3rd Sat. 12 -2 p.m. Donations in bags and boxes can also be left on the porch.
Items accepted: All Seasons of Men, Women, Children and Infant Clothing, Diapers and Unexpired Infant Formula. They DO NOT accept Books, Toys, Stuffed Animals and Decorations.
Furniture Program: Please call in advance to donate: Beds, Couches, Tables, Chairs and other larger household items.
North Country Ministry Food Pantry: Non-perishable food items can be donated on Wed. 10am-12pm at the YMCA, Route 8 in Brant Lake and Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at 3933 Main St., Warrensburg. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated.
6384 Route 9, Chestertown, NY 12817
518-796-1796. Contact person/owner: Courtney
Hours: Mon., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wed., (call for hours or check Facebook), Fri., Sat., Sun., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Items accepted: Clothing, Shoes, Boots, Household Items, Household Décor, Toys, Books and Furniture. NOT accepted: Mattresses and Box Springs.
Facebook -- Schroon Lake Free-Recycle-Reuse – Facebook Group for items people no longer need, but don’t want to add to the landfill. FREE ONLY items!
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A septic system is also called an onsite wastewater treatment system. Just like the centralized wastewater facilities operated by municipalities, the basic function of a septic system is to properly treat all wastewater that goes down any drain to safe levels meeting recommended contaminant levels before it is discharged into the environment.
Check out our user-friendly tips to help REDUCE the strain on your septic system, avoid costly repairs and protect the Lake you love.
Have your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years.
Spread water usage over the day and throughout the week.
Take shorter showers.
Turn off water while brushing and shaving.
Use water conserving devices whenever possible.
Add reminder signs and plaques in your kitchen and bathrooms
Landscape the drain field with shallow-rooted plants, avoid planting shrubs and trees.
Use one-ply or two-ply toilet paper eco-friendly, tree-less bamboo toilet paper.
Use phosphate-free liquid, pods or eco-strip laundry detergents.
Use septic tank additive products.
Use a garbage disposal. Composting is a better way to recycle kitchen scraps.
Use household cleaners that contain bacteria-killing bleach in your or toilet.
Wash grease and oils from food down the kitchen drain.
Keep the water running while doing dishes and only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
Flush pet waste down the toilet.
Flush these items down the toilet:
feminine sanitary products or condoms
For more information on operating and maintaining your septic system, visit SafeSepticSystems.org.
The summer season provides us with sunshine, fresh air, barbeques, fun outdoor activities, and great Farmers Markets. During this season, RETHINK your food miles and consider how emissions are linked to what we put on our plates and then head to nearby farmers markets. From June to September, local farmers and food purveyors bring seasonally fresh produce, cheese, bread and much more to the markets. It’s an opportunity to connect with other members of our community and learn more about where their goods and produce come from. Plus, food does not need to be transported long distances, nor require lots of storage or refrigeration, which all results in less carbon dioxide emissions. So, grab your baskets, reusable and mesh produce bags and check out these markets!
Schroon Lake Farmers Market
June 30-September 1 2022
Thursdays 9am to 1pm
Town of Schroon Parking Lot
Chestertown Farmers Market
June 15-September 28, 2022
Wednesdays, 10am to 2pm
Front lawn of Town of Chester Municipal Center. 6307 State Route 9, Chestertown
Brant Lake Farmers Market
June 15-September 28, 2022
Saturdays, 10am to 3pm
6752 State Route 8, Brant Lake
Warrensburg Riverfront Farmers Market
June 23-October 7, 2022
Fridays, 3pm to 6pm
180 River St., Warrensburg
North Creek Farmers Market
June 25 - September22, 2022
Thursdays, 2pm to 6pm
Riverfront Park, North Creek
Another idea: Consider a membership in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
Tangleroot Farm CSA offers a weekly selection of 6-7 organic vegetables, pre-boxed share DELIVERED right to your door! Visit: tanglerootfarm.com.