Cortland County Recycling coordinator, Chris Spadolini, spoke before both the Mayor and Common Council of the City of Cortland last night to provide information on the County Recycling Center.
Spadolini noted this time of year particularly can be a busy one for the Recycling Center in terms of packing materials coming into the facility. He noted that though it is now illegal in the State of New York, Styrofoam remains an issue of people believing it can go in recycling.
Items such as Styrofoam, bubble wrap, foil paper, and glossy materials are not recyclable and must be disposed of into the trash. Tissue paper and cardboard though, is more than accepted at the facility.
Spadolini continued on saying the facility only accepts number 1 and number 2 plastics. These numbers may be found within a triangle with pointing arrows, typically on the bottom of packages. Numbers 3,4,6 and 7 are not recyclable. The reasoning is due to the cost to recycle the materials. The County Recycling Center bulk packs materials to auction off to be recycled and those four numbers are plastics that are not economically viable.
Residents who may have questions about what is acceptable to recycle and what isn’t are more than encouraged to contact the Recycling Center and may even have a tour of the facility. A point of contact Spadolini said to reach the facility is to either call them at 607-753-5191 or by following their Facebook page.
It was also stressed by him that nothing at the Recycling Facility will go to the landfill, but is sent off to be recycled. The facility also accepts paints, stains, tires, and batteries, all of which must be physically brought to the facility and not placed into your recycling bins.