Sullivan County Releases Annual Recycling Data for 2017   

Monticello, NY – Sullivan County is pleased to announce another great year for the Countywide recycling program. 

In 2017, Sullivan County recycled over 12 million pounds of materials through its transfer stations, offices and recycling facilities. This includes:
• 3,337 tons of single-stream recycling/mixed containers
• 1,019 tons of cardboard/paper
• 1,005 tons of scrap metal
• 225 tons of  electronics 
• 182 tons of tires
• 132 tons of textiles
• 104 tons of used motor oil/antifreeze
• 8.3 tons of household hazardous waste

These figures are just the tip of the recycling data iceberg, since many Sullivan County businesses have internal back ship arrangements for recyclables that never come to County facilities for weighing or processing. Although materials handled privately do not get weighed or recorded by the County’s system, local businesses benefit from the return sale of these items nonetheless. Local businesses are finding that recycling is good for the environment AND the bottom line. 

“Recycling is a great way to cut down on the amount of garbage we produce, which in turn saves customers money through avoided disposal costs at County solid waste facilities,” said Public Works Committee Chairman Joe Perrello.  “By recycling cans, glass, plastic bottles and paper, and by throwing away one less bag of trash each week, a family could save $8 monthly or $104 annually by paying to throw out fewer bags of trash!”   

“Recycling is all about conserving natural resources,” he added, “and Sullivan County residents and businesses have shown a willingness to do just that.” 

For additional information about waste reduction strategies, reuse and recycling, as well as transfer stations’ hours of operation, please contact the Sullivan County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling at 845-807-0290.  Or visit http://co.sullivan.ny.us/Departments/SolidWasteRecycling/tabid/3198/Default.aspx.

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