New single-stream recycling going smoothly

JOHNSTOWN — The first official week of the rollout of Fulton County’s new single-stream recycling program has gone well, officials said.

County Department of Solid Waste Interim Director Cindy Livingston said Monday that county residents appear to be complying with single stream.

“I would say yes,” she stated. “We’re really ahead of the March 1 date. We were calling on them to comply right away.”

Livingston said residents have been informed this year by the county about single-stream recycling — the first major change since separated recycling was instituted in the county in 1992.

Residents are now being asked to put all recyclables curbside in lidded containers with free county stickers affixed. Bags are not to be used, with the exception of for shredded paper.

Single-stream recycling in one bin includes paper, plastic, metal and glass goods.

The county has mailed out stickers and informational materials to county residents.

Fulton County has entered into a five-year contract with the Utica-based Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority to take Fulton County’s recyclables. But Fulton County still needs to pick up recyclables with the proper vehicles.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday will consider a proposed resolution to purchase a $178,000 roll-off truck from state contract. The truck is part of the county’s 2017 capital plan. The 2018 Mack roll-off truck is available through a connection with an Onondaga County bid. The truck will be used for hauling transfer station refuse and recyclables during demolitions and for specialty programs such as clean up programs.

Livingston said that if people can’t comply right away with obtaining a recycling container for curbside, there is another way to get rid of recyclables. She said each transfer station will have recycling containers, including the one on Turkey Farm Road. Residents don’t need a transfer station permit when they bring their recyclables there for disposal, she said.

She said the transfer stations for recycling disposal can be used by residents in a pinch.

“That’s an option we provide for people,” Livingston said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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