When Southold Town switched to single-stream recycling in 2014, the benefits outlined were multi-fold: A projected increase of 20 percent in recycling, decreased costs on the overall cost of garbage disposal and added convenience for residents.
Four years later, while recycling has increased, according to solid waste coordinator Jim Bunchuck, unintended consequences and changes in the global market may force Southold Town to reconsider how it approaches recycling. READ
While signs urging residents not to include plastic bags with recyclables are clearly visible at the Southold Town Transfer Station on Cox Lane, residents who use private carters might not be getting this important message. (Credit: Grant Parpan)
You’ve probably done it.
Cans, bottles and paper are starting to pile up on the counter, so you stick the items in a plastic bag you received at a grocery store. You then take the bag and dump it, along with all your recyclables, in a garbage bin.
But that’s creating an issue in Southold Town — even in this new era of single-stream recycling.
The town recently published an updated brochure about its yellow bag program. (Credit: Tim Kelly, file)
Picking up town-issued yellow bags is as common on a Southold residents’ grocery list as a carton of milk. They are a necessary part of the self-hauling, “Pay As You Throw” garbage disposal system the town implemented more than 20 years ago. (more…)
Southold Town is looking into single-stream recycling method. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)
A new recycling system in Southold Town would allow residents to combine paper, plastic and metal recyclables for an easier, more cost effective program.