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Single Stream recycling saving environment, and money

By NICOLE HART

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Not too long ago, you needed two separate containers for recycling. One for your paper and cardboard and one for your containers.

Now that the new Recycle One program has been implemented at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, you don't need two containers. You just need one and you're done.

"Recycling is easier than ever with the one recycling bin," said Jamie Tuttle, School Recycling Coordinator.

That's because Oneida and Herkimer Counties can now put all of their recyclables into one container, with no more sorting. The simple process is saving municipalities money. The City of Utica has decreased their yearly waste collection costs by $125,000 and the Village of Mohawk has seen an 18% savings.

"That saves manpower, gas miles," explained Tuttle.

Tuttle explained how the recycling is helping the environment, too.

"It's more material that we're diverting from the landfill," Tuttle said. "The more that we recycle, the more energy we save, the more natural resources we conserve."

The Solid Waste Authority is seeing a five percent increase in the material that they market to manufacturers (the outside companies that take the recyclables and turn them into new items).

One of the best parts about this whole process is that you can see it, firsthand.

"Any groups, organizations, schools that are interested in coming down to take a tour, please give our office a call," Tuttle said.

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