Pictured are Eric Kugler (left), Manager, Gershow Recycling, and O’dell Bartholomew (right), a member of Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School’s Class of 2021. Mr. Bartholomew was awarded a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from Gershow Recycling. As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary efforts in the fields of environmental science or engineering while in high school and plan to continue to pursue higher education degrees in either of these areas of study.
Pictured are Dave Seiler (left), Account Executive, Gershow Recycling; Khandekar Hussain (second from right), a member of Bay Shore High School’s Class of 2021; his mother, Ummay Hussain (second from left), and his father, Rahman Hussain (right). Mr. Hussain was awarded a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from Gershow Recycling. As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary efforts in the fields of environmental science or engineering while in high school and plan to continue to pursue higher education degrees in either of these areas of study.
In support of local schools and the community, Gershow Recycling donated the use of a junk car to the Sayville High School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter. The car serves as a reminder to students to drive safely.
The junk car was on display in front of the school to show students the consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, as well as the dangers of driving while distracted by texting or talking on cell phones. The Sayville SADD chapter thanked Gershow for its assistance and its use of the vehicle.
Pictured are Rob McGinnis (left), Manager, Gershow Recycling, and Preethi Krishnamoorthy (right), a member of Herricks High School’s Class of 2021. Ms. Krishnamoorthy was awarded a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from Gershow Recycling. As a leading environmental recycling company, Gershow awards the competitive scholarship to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary efforts in the fields of environmental science or engineering while in high school and plan to continue to pursue higher education degrees in either of these areas of study.
Collects 30,000 Pounds of Scrap; Proceeds to Support Cleanup of Tesla Science Center Property
Gershow Recycling was a sponsor of the “Metal for Tesla” scrap metal fundraiser at the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (TSCW) in Shoreham on March 20. During the event, Gershow collected 30,000 pounds of scrap metal, which wound up being recycled and kept out of landfills. Through the fundraiser and donations made by Gershow, $9,500 was raised to support the organization. Proceeds went to support renovations at Wardenclyffe. In addition to its sponsorship of the event, Gershow provided the use of a scrap metal container and handed out hats, magnets, sweatshirts and brochures to those in attendance.
Since 2013, Gershow has provided scrap metal containers for the TSCW as part of its efforts to help the non-profit organization renovate Wardenclyffe, which is the site of the only remaining laboratory of the famous inventor, Nikola Tesla. Plans for the property include a Tesla museum, an Education and Visitor Center with space to host community workshops and an innovation center for startup companies to help launch their businesses.
Gershow Recycling recently donated the use of a wrecked car in support of the Town of Huntington’s Anti-Drunk and Distracted Driving Campaign. Presented by Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town of Huntington, and the Huntington Town Board, the program reminds residents of the dangers of drunk or distracted driving during the holidays.
Kevin Gershowitz, President, Gershow Recycling, took part in a press conference that was held on December 7, along with local elected officials, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), law enforcement personnel and Keys for Karen, a nonprofit organization formed by a local family who lost a loved one to a drunk driver.
Mr. Gershowitz thanked the Town, MADD and Keys for Karen for their public awareness efforts and noted that Gershow takes in thousands of vehicles that were involved in serious accidents each year, some of which were the result of drunk driving. “There’s no reason to drink and drive,” he said. “We have too many conveniences today with our cell phones and apps. If you don’t want to hurt yourself or, worse than that, if you don’t want to hurt someone else, don’t drink and drive.”
On November 24-25, in celebration of Thanksgiving and in assisting the community, Gershow Recycling purchased 50 turkeys that the company distributed to local law enforcement agencies and fire departments. The turkeys were then given out to families in need. Those who received the turkeys included the Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY) Engine 231/Ladder 120 at Watkins Street; FDNY’s Engine 290/Ladder 103 “Pride of Sheffield Avenue”; FDNY’s Engine 332/Ladder 175 at Bradford Street; FDNY’s Rescue Squad 252; the Emergency Service Unit; and the New York Police Department’s 73rd and 75th Precincts.
Gershow Recycling has launched a new website, Clunkers Into Cash, which makes it simple and easy to sell your junk car. Just fill out an online form or call (631) 371-2031 with details about your vehicle. One of Gershow’s knowledgeable junk car buyers will provide you with the best possible cash offer and schedule a convenient date and time to pick up your vehicle.
Gershow tows away junk cars free of charge and instantly pays its customers top dollar. In addition, Gershow buys all junk cars, regardless of its age or condition. Even if the car is no longer running or has been involved in an accident, Gershow will still buy it. If the vehicle is more than eight years old, no title is needed. The best part is there is no middleman involved, which guarantees customers will get the most money for their junk car.
The website also allows users to get a quote, learn which areas Gershow services and stay informed on the latest happenings in the automotive industry. To learn more about Clunkers Into Cash, visit www.clunkersintocash.com.
Sam Gershowitz, the founder and owner of Gershow Recycling, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI). The award is given to someone in the scrap recycling industry for their significant contributions to recycling.
Mr. Gershowitz started working at an early age, holding three to four jobs while attending high school. His first job was delivering cases of soda to families in apartment buildings. He later sold corrugated boxes and imported hardware for hardware stores and casket makers, then tanned furs for a furrier. During the winter, he signed up as an emergency worker with the New York City Sanitation Department.
As a young man who spent his weekends driving out to the Hamptons, Mr. Gershowitz noticed junk cars, old appliances and scrap metal left along the roadways. He recognized that Long Island had a solid waste problem and that something could be done about it.
In 1964, Mr. Gershowitz started Gershow Recycling. He started mining junk cars out of municipal landfills, paying a dollar for each car he pulled out. He opened his first location in Central Islip and made his brother Lou his business partner. Together, they built their own car flattener. The cars were crushed, then sold to local scrap dealers at a profit.
In 1974, Mr. Gershowitz opened a new location in Medford. Since then, under his leadership, Gershow expanded to nine locations with over 750 employees. The company has made numerous improvements over the years, including the development of its headquarters, the electrification of the shredder and new recycling equipment.
In addition to his business, Mr. Gershowitz has been very active in the community. He has supported the Strang Cancer Prevention Institute and the fund drive for the Southampton Hospital’s Montauk Medical Center. He also worked with the Suffolk County Board of Rabbis to provide funding for a menorah display at Islip MacArthur Airport for Hanukkah.
Each year, Mr. Gershowitz offers an Environmental Conservation Scholarship to graduating high school students who wish to continue their studies in either environmental science or engineering. He also supported Can Tabs for Kids, which benefits the Sunrise Fund in the fight against childhood cancer, and Play for Peace, a soccer tournament that uses sport as a way for people from different ethnic backgrounds to find common ground.
“I wish to thank ISRI for bestowing this honor on me and recognizing Gershow Recycling,” Mr. Gershowitz said. “Like Gershow, our industry has come a long way since 1964. I feel today we are recognized as a vital part of the American economy, American industry and America’s manufacturing industry, and we are also key to maintaining and improving our environment. We have a quite a lot to be proud of and we know we go to work each day with the gratification that we are making a positive impact, not only in our local communities, but in making our world a better, cleaner place to live in.”
Despite the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on local businesses, Gershow Recycling continued to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors from Long Island and the New York metropolitan area with its Environmental Conservation Scholarship. Now in its 12th year, this one-time, $1,000 scholarship is given to a student who intends to continue their studies in either engineering or environmental science after graduation.
Most high schools also had to adapt to the pandemic as they transitioned to virtual scholarship ceremonies. This allowed local Gershow managers to record congratulatory messages for the recipients that could be viewed online.
This year’s recipients were Audrey Barry (Bellport High School), Nolan Kata (Bay Shore High School), Aden Hunter (Lindenhurst High School), Byanca Caetano-Soares (Patchogue-Medford High School), Brandon Thomas (Valley Stream Central High School), Jaden McAleese (Freeport High School), Subhana Zafar (Walt Whitman High School), Mary Tsahas (Herricks High School), Leyal Hamdan (Longwood High School), Kylie Plitt (Riverhead High School), and Clenio Correia (Frederick Douglass Academy VII High School).
For the second year in a row, Gershow partnered with the Medford Chamber of Commerce to present the Gershow Recycling/Medford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. This year’s recipient was Adrian Rutkowski of Patchogue-Medford High School. This one-time award in the amount of $1,000 is presented to a Patchogue-Medford High School student who intends to continue studying environmental science, recycling or business.