The town of Cutchogue, N.Y., is moving to a three stream recycling system in an effort to mitigate contamination amid changing market conditions.
The three stream program will be voluntary until February 3. The town announced it plans to engage in public outreach to educate residents, with handouts at the transfer station, news on the town's website, an electric sign placed at the transfer station, ads and social media, according to a North Fork Patch report.
North Fork Patch has more details:
Southold Town's transfer station, located on Cox Ln. in Cutchogue, is slated to move to a three-stream recycling system on Monday, Dec. 17.
"As you may have heard, Long Island is in a recycling crisis," a notice to residents said. "Due to changing market conditions, mixed 'single stream' recyclables are no longer marketable due to contaminants from broken glass and garbage. The town, therefore, will have to return to accepting only recyclables pre-sorted by residents."
In the coming weeks, the notice said, bins at the transfer station will be re-arranged to accept sorted recyclables into three categories:
- Mixed clean paper (cardboard, newspaper, office paper, magazines, catalogues, mail)
- Mixed clean tin cans/aluminum cans and trays/plastic bottles #1 and #2 only
- Clean glass bottles