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Rome transfer station to close this week

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The city run transfer station in Rome is shutting down for good. The mayor says it is a cost saving measure.

Mayor Joseph Fusco says the Race Street station has been losing money for years. Last year it cost the city more than $60,000.

Customers will still be able to drop off electronic waste, batteries and metal but all of the recycling and garbage will have to be dropped off at the county run transfer station. That is located less than a mile away on Perimeter Road.

Fusco says the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority station on Perimeter Road will actually be an improvement for residents. "In fact they have nicer facilities," said Fusco. "They have scales there and I believe they are actually charging a little less per bag than we were. It'll work out for the consumer. There are going to be some people who are going to have to drive a little bit farther but conversely there's going to be people who are going to have to drive less."

The OHSWA location is also open longer. The hours are Monday through Friday from 8am until 4pm and on Saturday they are open from 8am until noon.

There are two DPW workers stationed at the Race Street transfer station. They will not be losing their jobs but they will be transferred to another department in the DPW.

The Race Street location will close at the end of the week.

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