Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci says the new “dual-stream recycling” plan coming to the town in the new year will save taxpayers $1.5 million.
Residents are being asked to put out their paper and cardboard to be picked up on one week, and plastics, cans and glass on the next.
The recyclables used to be co-mingled, but that would result in contaminated cardboard. The town receives about $15 a ton for clean cardboard.
“We are still keeping the Town of Huntington green, we’re dedicated to recycling,” says Lupinacci. “We have to go back to an old style of doing things, but we want to make sure people are re-educated and know how to do it.”
The supervisor says to make sure recyclables are in good condition and placed in a sealed container when they are brought out for pickup.
Residents have been mailed updates about the dual-stream recycling plan, which goes into effect on Jan. 1.