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.
Metal, plastic and cardboard recyclables can now be tossed in one place. (Cyndi Murray photo)
Recycling in Southold is projected to jump by more then 20 percent after this week’s launch of a new system that allows residents to combine paper, plastic and metal into one bin — both at the curb and at the town landfill. (more…)