To the editor:
In response to comments made recently both in print and at public meetings concerning ongoing changes to Southold’s — and much of the country’s — recycling practices, it is true that the single-stream approach ultimately failed, but that is largely due to import restrictions in China on the portion of the stream that proved non-recyclable due either to lack of local markets or contamination with materials that turned paper products (the most valuable recyclables) into garbage. (more…)
It’s official: Southold residents must abandon single-stream recycling by Feb. 1, town officials said. READ
Southold residents can expect a change to their recycling routines in the near future, but for now, the single-stream method will stay in effect.
The town switched to single-stream recycling in 2014 because of projected benefits such as a 20 percent increase in recycling and added convenience for residents. But due to unintended consequences and changes in the global market, it has proven unsustainable. READ
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.