Mayor Harry Tutunjian has announced that residents can now combine all of their recyclables into one container and no longer need to separate them. This new process called “single stream recycling” makes recycling easier for the residents while incurring no additional costs to the city.
“Single stream recycling means you no longer have to keep paper and cardboard products separate from plastics, metals and other commodities. Instead, you can place all of your recyclable materials into one blue recycling bin and not have to worry about what goes where,” said Mayor Tutunjian. “Increasing the ease of recycling has been shown to reduce the amount of garbage that goes to our landfills. Single stream recycling is a simple, environmentally friendly way to support ‘green’ practices all at no cost to our residents.”
According to their website, in December 2009, County Waste and Recycling launched Single Stream Recycling (SSR), which allows all recyclable materials – glass, paper, metal, cardboard and plastics – to be placed in the recycling bin for collection. Once collected, the recyclables are taken to County Waste and Recycling’s facility to be sorted and processed for shipment to recyclers. The result, according to County Waste and Recycling, has increased recycling rates by 24% in the communities where it’s been implemented.
Tutunjian noted that for SSR to achieve its maximum effect, it’s important to note what not to recycle including: trash, pizza boxes, diapers, clothing, styrofoam, bottle/can caps or lids, food, compost, yard waste, electronics, and construction debris.
Tutunjian noted that the city’s recycling program has had a significant, positive impact on City finances, specifically in the area of avoided disposal costs. Annual solid waste disposal for the City averages $1.2 million. Through the curbside recycling program the City has saved an average of $115,000 annually.
Please be advised that collection containers should be placed for collection after 6:00 PM the night before your scheduled collection day. If your recycling is not collected, please leave the container out and call the DPW dispatcher at 270-4579.
For more information on the city’s program and list of acceptable items to recycle please visit http://www.troyny.gov/departments/public-works/recycling/. To learn more about County Waste’s SSR program please visit www.county-waste.com/ssr.html.