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Brookhaven Considers Changing Recycling Schedule

Consultant tells Town officials that a single weekly pick up for all items could increase revenue.

Brookhaven residents might not have to question whether they should be putting out the paper and plastics or aluminum recyclables on Wednesday. 

Newsday reports that town officials are considering whether to switch from a dual-stream recycling, where different types of recyclables are assigned to alternating weeks, to a single-stream recycling system. This change would allow paper, plastics, glass and aluminum to be picked up every single Wednesday.

Ed Hubbard, a consultant, told Town Board members the switch could increase recycling by up to 20 percent and make the town $750,000 in additional revenue. 

A study done by Stony Brook University showed that recycling in the Town of Brookhaven dropped by 11 percent from 1998 to 2009. When the study was unveiled in 2011, former supervisor Mark Lesko said every 5 percent increase in recycling could save the town $1 million in disposal costs and generate $500,000 from the sale of recyclables. 

In order to make the switch, Brookhaven would have to make a $6 million upgrade to its materials recovery facility to handle the sorting of recyclables. ReCommunity, a North Carolina-based contractor that has worked for Brookhaven in the past, has offered to cover this cost. 

Click here to read more on Newsday [subscription required] about the recycling changes Brookhaven is considering. 

Tell us, would you be more likely to recycle if you could put all recyclables out every Wednesday? Does it make a difference? 

anthony M February 04, 2013 at 08:41 PM
First, Brookhaven did have this practice years ago, then switched to alternate Wednesday's because the towm claimed it was "cost effective". Second: Recycling is down mostly because of new .05 return on bottles, took a lot out of plastic when people now return most of them at stores. Third: County stopped giving out pails now you get a lovely sticker to put on your new pail you pay for yourself, guess town does not give back $'s they make to people. Bottom Line: town has no idea what they are doing....
EG February 05, 2013 at 04:57 AM
If the projected savings are realized, it's projected that after ten years the savings could pay for the study. However another study will need to be done to determine if the initial study was correct.
susan zigon February 06, 2013 at 02:40 AM
After april first we can no longer put our leaves in plastic bags. Where are we suppose to get paper bags? i bag at least 100 bags most from the house vacant across the street from me for four years now that blow in my yard and at my curb. Who is going to pay for the paper bags?
Tommy B February 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM
The above comments are right; the self absorbed town officials have no idea what they're doing! The cost of buying paper bags is a burden on the resident (taxpayer and VOTER). Why doesn't the town distribute the bags? As a somewhat rural township, one can easily fill 100 bags. Perhaps the town could obtain the kinds of trucks that vaccuum leaves as we see in the villages of Bellport, etc. While eliminating the plastic may be environmentally sound, so might be changing the names and faces of those occupying town hall! TB, E Patchogue


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