Stony Brook study finds LI recycling decreasing

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04/20/2011 6:00 AM |

Researchers at Stony Brook University announced Tuesday that recycling on Long Island has decreased nearly 20 percent over the past decade, according to a new study.

The study, called “Recycling on Long Island 2009: A report on municipal programs in Nassau & Suffolk counties,” found that recycling on Long Island has been on a steady decline since 1998 due to a decrease in recycling education and a failure to accurately document recycling efforts.

The Town of Southold had the third highest recycling rate at 55 percent, behind only Southampton at 85 percent and Shelter Island at 63 percent.

David Tonjes, assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology & Society, said East End towns scored high because, overall, those municipalities have pay-as-you-throw pricing systems, in which residents pay to dispose garbage but can drop off recyclables at no charge.

“Paying to dispose of garbage, but getting free recycling tends to increase the amount of recyclables collected,” he said.

Riverhead had the lowest recycling rate at 10 percent, however researchers noted that the town doesn’t keep track of yard waste pickup.

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David Tonjes, assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology & Society, presents the finds of a recent study that shows recycling on Long Island has decreased nearly 20 percent over the past decade.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | David Tonjes, assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology & Society, presents the finds of a recent study that shows recycling on Long Island has decreased nearly 20 percent over the past decade.

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  • The general idea, that recycling is decreasing, is true.

    But, the report is self deprecating, the statistics are suspect and the substance is undefined.

    And, the article is ridiculously inaccurate and incomplete. Southold is not #2 it is #3.

    >> The Town of Southold had the second highest recycling rate at 55 percent, behind only Shelter Island (63 percent).

    What about Southampton (85 percent)? Besides for Southold being #3 in the admittedly inaccurate scale of the study, there is another aspect of the article which is incomplete. Apparently the study is news because it was just released, but it appears to cover only until 2009.

    In 2010-11 there have been significant new developments in Southold Town. Go Green has started a business advertizing that you do not have to recycle, and Southold Town has announced that it does not like our Yellow Bags. Southold Town Law is not and will not be enforced. The law will be changed to accommodate Go Green. Recycling is not a priority of Southold Town.

    A version of this comment was posted shortly after this article was published but was held hostage to editorial approval.

  • The general idea, that recycling is decreasing, is true.

    But, the report is self deprecating, the statistics are suspect and the substance is undefined.

    And, the article is ridiculously inaccurate and incomplete. Southold is not #2 it is #3.

    >> The Town of Southold had the second highest recycling rate at 55 percent, behind only Shelter Island (63 percent).

    What about Southampton (85 percent)? Besides for Southold being #3 in the admittedly inaccurate scale of the study, there is another aspect of the article which is incomplete. Apparently the study is news because it was just released, but it appears to cover only until 2009.

    In 2010-11 there have been significant new developments in Southold Town. Go Green has started a business advertizing that you do not have to recycle, and Southold Town has announced that it does not like our Yellow Bags. Southold Town Law is not and will not be enforced. The law will be changed to accommodate Go Green. Recycling is not a priority of Southold Town.

    A version of this comment was posted shortly after this article was published but was held hostage to editorial approval.

  • Good catch on the Southampton error, which was made localizing this story for The Suffolk Times.

  • Benja,

    Has your sense of reality always been so warped? My grandmother used to say, “If you want to stir a pot, use a spoon with a handle.” When one bends the truth one might just as well be lying .

    Orwell

  • Well Well, Or…well

    I wonder what your Grandmother thought of you?

  • Let’s just say I learned that lesson well. Perhaps you should have had teacher like that.

  • Lost in this discussion is the fact that once again the east end is doing much better than the rest of Long Island. Riverhead’s hopefully doing a much better job by now…but why are we talking about 2009? And why is the rest of Long Island not taking this issue seriously…Thoughtful Replacement of our current county executive is one way we can help change that tide.

  • Lost in this discussion is the fact that once again the east end is doing much better than the rest of Long Island. Riverhead’s hopefully doing a much better job by now…but why are we talking about 2009? And why is the rest of Long Island not taking this issue seriously…Thoughtful Replacement of our current county executive is one way we can help change that tide.

  • It’s truly shaming that there are some people out there who do not believe that other people can think for themselves and who also believe that the truth can be adjusted to fit their agenda. Scary really if they are allowed a platform……A cursory examination of Benja’s diatribe against G0-Green and Southold Town will quickly reveal how deceitful and manipulative his statements are. You just have to look. Truth will set you free. Kudos to Orwell!