The Village of Homer Board of Trustees met last night and one of the topics discussed was the village’s ongoing recycling issues with trash being found in recycling items at the Cortland County Recycling Center.
The issue is not only within the Village of Homer, but was noted to be a growing issue within the City of Cortland. Chris Spadolini, Cortland County Recycling Coordinator, says after an investigation of physically checking over 100 recycling bins within the Village of Homer, he noted he found all bins within compliance and not having non-recyclable materials in them. A theory brought up was the possibility of the village’s garbage and recycling hauler, Syracuse Haulers, putting garbage into the recycling pickup.
Currently, Syracuse Haulers does two runs in the village. One run for collecting garbage, and one for recycling. The thought mentioned was if a garbage bin was missed, it was being picked up during the recycling run, thus having contaminated items within the recycling haul when it reaches the County Recycling Center.
A possible solution to the issue that is still in the very early stages is to have separate days for garbage and recycling collection with recycling taking place first then garbage collection. Mayor Hal McCabe noted the service levels with Syracuse Haulers has gone down.
A plan to eventually end services with Syracuse Haulers is still years away, as the village is still looking into the cost of purchasing their own garbage and recycling bins. A solution to saving additional money was the possibility of shared services of garbage and recycling collection with the City of Cortland. Something Mayor McCabe is still working on with Cortland Mayor Scott Steve.
For residents looking to obtain additional information on what is recyclable and what isn’t the Cortland County Recycling Center offers tips and additional information via their Facebook page, Cortland County Recycling Center.