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New Town Program Allows Recycling Material to be Combined

New program will allow residents to combine recycling material in one container with weekly pick-up.

Recycling in Brookhaven just got a little easier thanks to a new program that will begin on Jan. 4.

The new single-stream recycling program allows residents to combine their paper and co-mingled items into one container, with no sorting required. The town has also expanded its program to include plastics #3 to #7, which include items like yogurt and milk containers. Currently only plastics #1 and #2 are recycled. According to the the town, an upgrade to the existing facility will allow 50,000 tons to be sorted daily. The current materials recycling facility separates approximately 15,000 tons of paper, 9,000 tons of co-mingled (bottles, cans and plastics) recyclables from the residential waste stream.  

Under the current program, residents would have to alternate cans with paper for pick-ups on Wednesday. The new program allows those products to be combined in one container that will be picked up every Wednesday. According to the town, all plastic can now be recycled except for plastic bags. A list of all materials that can be recycled under the new program can be found here.

Residents can use their existing “Curby” can or purchase a new “Curby” can at Town Hall or at the Brookhaven Landfill or can pick up a free “Curby” sticker to place on their own recycling receptacles. 

The program will kick-off with a special weekend pick-up this Saturday. According to the town, the special pick-up became necessary since the holidays interfered with this year’s schedule.

For every ton that gets recycled the gets about $20, according to Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine.

"For every ton we recycle that we don’t have to send out to be burned at $105 per ton it is a savings. It is a serendipitous moment, good for the environment and good for the taxpayers," he said.

A copy of the 2014 pic-up schedule can be seen here.

Single-stream recycling has been implemented in several communities throughout New York, but according to the town, Brookhaven is the first on Long Island.

“I ask that everyone do their part and make recycling their New Year’s resolution,” said Romaine in a statement. “Single-stream is easier for residents. It will help increase their recycling efforts since they won’t have to spend time sorting or need to remember what gets picked up for recycling before they put the container out to the curb. I expect our recycling to increase and that’s good for the environment and good for the Town.”

Kasey Colucci December 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM
This is fantastic!
H.LYNCH December 30, 2013 at 06:23 PM
wonderful
Archie Bunker December 31, 2013 at 09:12 AM
Convenient for the residents, free revenue for the town. Win-Win
Patchogue Snoop January 02, 2014 at 10:28 AM
LOL Wait a minute! Didn't you bash the TOB landfill and DEMAND it be closed asap in a previous rant..... CHRIS?
Archie Bunker January 02, 2014 at 11:47 AM
recycled products do not go into the landfill dope!
Patchogue Snoop January 03, 2014 at 06:49 AM
Very nice comment. Feel better now? You deny your previous comments, read the thread again. So, with the landfill closed as you demand....where does the sorting, packaging, loading and trucking take place? It seems Libs just shout out what feels good in their mind absent of any fact to substantiate that "feel good decision they made". Down the road when it collapses(as Obama Care/Stimulus/Gm Bailout/Printing money hand over fist and giving it to the Banks at less than 1% to turn around and lend it back to you via credit cards at 24.99 percent not to mention prop up the market artificially with this free money) the ignored implications of that "feel good" decision kick in....ie reality. Then when they are taken to task on their poor decision....they insult, demean, lie......sound familiar. Romney had a war on woman???? Really???? Ever read his website to get his views????? In reality, POTUS kneels before the tyrants of the mid east particularly Iran. Praises their murderous religion that demands woman be treated like animals......sub human....what about that all you Lib ladies?? You see it is really much more than the morning after pill. I have seen Muslim woman spit on by men in Queens, yes Queens. Walking behind them like dogs. Not a peep from the fly by lib groups huh? Why because they really don't care about the woman in this country, just lying to them to turn them against their opponent of the day. In the aftermath of their poor decisions what happens, a LIB absent of any fact to back up their statements start hurling insults and lying to save face. Sound familiar. It should our country is being run by this type of person. We need to change that asap!!!

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