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Taylor Garbage Apalachin recycling plant a total loss, Fire Chief says



An excavator pulled a flaming cube of trash out of Taylor Garbage’s recycling plant in Apalachin late Friday evening as a fire tore through the building. Numerous trucks made repeat trips from the plant to local water supplies, as a dozen or so agencies battled the blaze. 

Michael Ponticello, the Director of Broome County’s Office of Emergency Services, flew a drone 248 feet above the facility to get a better look at the fire and determine where the highest pockets of heat were located. 

The Apalachin Fire Department responded to the fire shortly after 5 p.m. And by 9 p.m., the department’s Chief Mike George said the building would “absolutely” be a loss.

Over a dozen agencies trucked water to a fie at Taylor Garbage’s recycling plant in Apalachin late Friday evening. (Photo: Maggie Gilroy / Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin)

“We’ve had fire throughout the building already,” George said. “You can still look inside and see heavy fire, so at this point, it’s a complete loss.”

The fire was first spotted just after 5 p.m. by a person who had passed by the building, located at at 5730 Route 434.

“When we arrived on scene, we found a large pile of rubbish in the building already on fire,” George said at the scene. “And within minutes, it had spread up into the roof and into the structure of the building.” 

The building was unoccupied at the time.

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Taylor Garbage’s website, the 30,000 square foot facility is operated by Southern Tier Recyclers Inc. It’s a single stream recycling facility, which means that residents and collectors are no longer required to sort their paper and plastic recycling. 

“The new facility is anticipated to produce a 20 to 30% increase in participation with the switch over to a fully no sort curbside pickup of recycling,” the website states. 

The facility includes both mechanized and hand sorting and the plant can process up 25 tons an hour of mixed recyclable materials.

A dozen or so agencies responded to a fire at Taylor Garbages Apalachin recycling plant late Friday evening. (Photo: Maggie Gilroy / Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin)

“The advent of this facility will allow for expansion into new territories and the opportunity to bring recycling to areas that do not currently enjoy a recycling program of any kind,” the website states.

Taylor Garbage acknowledged the fire in a Facebook Post Friday.

“We apologize for any delays or inconvenience this may cause and will keep you posted on this matter,” the post read.

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