Sullivan County marks “America Recycles Day” by announcing the switch to Single Stream Recycling in January, 2011   

(Monticello) – Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Jonathan F. Rouis announced today, on America Recycles Day – a nationally recognized day to inform and educate the public about recycling, that Sullivan County will convert to Single Stream Recycling in January, 2011.  Sullivan County will partner with Hudson Baylor Corporation – The Recycling Professionals in embarking on this Single-Stream Recycling format.

“The County’s Solid Waste System is moving forward with an emphasis on removing waste from the waste stream that otherwise would be exported to landfills.  Recycling is a major way to reduce the amount of waste, along with the Household Hazardous Waste program, and other special recycling programs to be launched in 2011,” said Rouis.

Single Stream Recycling is a proven way to increase the quantity of materials recovered for recycling and decrease the amount of garbage produced – which saves us all money and time.  Single Stream Recycling (SSR) is a convenient method of collecting many types of recyclables all together in one container style.  SSR consolidates recyclable paper, glass, plastic and metals for easy storage, collection and transport to recycling facilities for processing.  In fact, double-digit recycling increases have been reported in communities that convert to SSR.  Improved convenience means better compliance with mandatory recycling regulations.

“While recycling has been mandatory in New York State and Sullivan County since 1992, compliance and participation rates have been challenging,” said Kathleen M. LaBuda, Legislature Majority Leader.  “I had created and chaired the Recycling sub-committee from its inception, and I believe that converting from our present dual-stream system to the single stream option will promote compliance with the reality that multiple containers will no longer be required,” added LaBuda.

Sullivan County commenced its recycling program in 1989, recycling eighty (80) tons of newspaper that first year.  However, Sullivan County presently recycles over five thousand (5,000) tons of cans, plastic, paper, metal, and glass within the County’s recycling network.

 “Single Stream Recycling will remove a lot of the complaints that we receive from those who find separation of recyclables in the dual stream system both confusing and a bother,” said Leni C. Binder, Legislature Minority Leader.

"Our nation needs to break the vicious cycle of paying billions of dollars a year to dispose of precious resources in landfills.    Instead, these materials should be recycled and reused to grow our economy so we can maintain our competitiveness in the emerging global marketplace," said District 9 Legislator Alan J. Sorensen.
Hudson Baylor Corporation (HBC) specializes in providing recycling services. A growing organization with a 27 year history of success exclusively in the recycling industry, HBC operates twelve recycling facilities in four states.  Hudson Baylor operates Single Stream and Dual Stream plants.  Three plants in the West service seven municipalities; Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, Peoria, and Avondale, Arizona.  In the Northeast, we operate eight facilities.  These include facilities in Newburgh, NY Brookhaven, NY, South Windsor, CT, Dutchess County, NY, Rockland County, NY and Cape May, NJ as of January 1st, 2010.

Hudson Baylor recently received all the necessary Planning Board and City Council approvals from  the City of Beacon to proceed with constructing a 66,000 square foot Single Stream Recycling Facility that will serve the entire Hudson Valley Region. This Regional facility will utilize the latest optical and star screen technology for sorting fiber, plastic and glass.  As our Single Stream operations in other parts of the country have proved, Single Stream Recycling increases recycling rates and diverts waste that would otherwise go to landfills.

“Sullivan County is pleased to announce Single Stream Recycling as our next recycling milestone, as more convenience for the public will equal increased recycling compliance and participation in the Sullivan County Recycling Program,” concluded County Manager David P Fanslau.

For more information: contact Legislators at 845-807-0435 or David Fanslau at 845-807-0450

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