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Cairo closes its town recycling center

Oct 27, 2020 6:00 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Cairo Town Board has unanimously decided to close the town recycling center after an excessive amount of non-recyclable waste was being regularly deposited at the facility, beginning over the summer. The recycling center is located in Angelo Canna Town Park and will close Nov. 1. The issue came to a head last week when two mattresses, a kitchen table and chairs were dumped at the site, town Supervisor John Coyne said. “Greene County has been very lenient with us as far as what has been in our recycling,” Coyne said. “It’s going to come to a point where Greene County says enough is enough and they’re going to charge us for these items that don’t belong, and they rightfully should. They shouldn’t have to incur that cost because people aren’t recycling properly.” Coyne said he does not think the decision will be revisited. The facility does not have cameras and is not staffed, so the town cannot trace the offending dumpers, he said. Residents still have recycling options. “A lot of our homes already have a garbage service and those services include recycling,” he said. Another option is to recycle at the county transfer stations, located in Catskill, Coxsackie, Windham and Hunter. The county transfer stations have had an increase in use, with a 30 to 40 percent increase in customers, Greene County Highway and Solid Waste Superintendent Scott Templeton said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.