St. Lawrence's County's trash could be a treasure for Oneida, Herkimer counties

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is in talks with another county to process and market their recyclables.

It's a case of trash equaling cash.

St. Lawrence County generates about 2,500 tons of cans, bottles and newspapers -- and that's enough to justify building their own recycling center. The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority wants to charge $67 per ton to process and market the recyclables.

The local agency has extra space and wouldn't have to operate in the off hours to handle the shipment. If the deal is approved, it could mean an extra $168,000 per year in revenue, and reduced costs for local residents.

"This is a win for our region here," said William Rabbia, executive director of OHSWA. Rabbia also said it will keep costs low for residents by offsetting costs.

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