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Massena DPW taking non-separated recyclables


MASSENA — Starting Friday, residents here won’t have to worry about separating their recyclables.

Department of Public Works officials are asking residents to place recyclable paper, plastic, metal and glass items into one bin with a capacity of no more than 35 gallons. DPW Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad said the DPW has considered mixed-material recycling for about eight months and that the policy is possible thanks to changes in how St. Lawrence County handles recycling. He hopes the new policy will encourage residents to recycle more.

“We hope to increase recycling by making it more user-friendly,” Mr. Fayad said.

The new policy will not affect which materials or the manner in which they are recycled. Broken glass and plastic garbage bags, among other items, are not recyclable, and cardboard boxes should be broken down or flattened first. Recyclables should also be cleaned out, and residents should cover their bins in order to prevent paper and cardboard items from becoming wet.

“A little wetness in cardboard or paper is OK. But when it’s soggy and it falls apart in your hands, we don’t want it. It no longer has user value,” Mr. Fayad said.

He said that municipalities now are charged $44 per ton for refuse dumped at the Rodman landfill, and the village also is charged $78 per ton for garbage transported to the landfill from the county’s transfer station in Massena, totalling $122. Meanwhile, the DPW is charged only $40 to transport and dump a ton of recyclables. The savings from increased local recycling may help the DPW avoid having to make additional increases to the monthly refuse rate of $21.50.

There will be a public hearing Feb. 6 at the village’s Board of Trustees meeting on a proposed $1.50 increase to the monthly refuse rate. That increase is a result of steady increases in the cost of transporting and dumping refuse. Over the last four years, the tipping fee jumped $25 per ton, the most recent hike being a $5-per-ton increase at the start of this year.

“It’s to (an individual’s) benefit to recycle as much as possible, both for the longevity of our environment as well as savings to an individual’s pocketbook,” Mr. Fayad said.

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