Recycling center in Cutchogue up and operating

02/27/2015 12:00 PM |
Peconic Recycling workers sort through garbage as it comes down the conveyor belt Monday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Peconic Recycling workers sort through garbage as it comes down the conveyor belt Monday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

After nearly eight years and $8 million, the Peconic Recycling and Transfer Station in Cutchogue is now open and capable of sorting and processing hundreds of tons of commercial construction and demolition waste, said owners Jon DiVello and Stanley Lomangino, who also own Mattituck Environmental Services (formerly Mattituck Sanitation). 

Peconic Recycling is now processing materials from Mattituck Environmental Services and outside carters.

First proposed in 2007, crews started work last May on the 32,000-square-foot sorting facility and 2,200-square-foot office located on a property north of Corporate Road and Commerce Avenue in Cutchogue. The facility is equipped to sort metal, paper, plastics and other recyclable materials for resale nationally and internationally. Mr. DiVello said they are able to reclaim more than 60 percent of the material that comes through the transfer station.

“All this stuff would have otherwise been in a landfill,” he said. “It feels great [to be open.]”

Since the transfer station opened, the companies have added 20 employees, he said. Though the Cutchogue transfer station has been operating since last month, Monday was the first day the new Cutchogue office was fully staffed.

Mattituck Environmental Services’ office on Wickham Avenue in Mattituck is now closed for good, Mr. DiVello said.

One problem that’s already arisen with the new business model between the two companies is the ongoing issue of people stealing metal and other materials from Mattituck Environmental Services’ dumpsters, Mr. DiVello said. The company leases dumpsters to homeowners and contractors during renovations and constructions. The contents are then brought to the facility to be processed for resale.

“It is how we make our money,” Mr. DiVello said. “It is more of a problem now because we are processing materials ourselves.”

The facility only deals with commercial customers and does accept or process any residential waste or recyclables.

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