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Cairo board votes against recycling again

Apr 14, 2022 2:02 pm

Melanie Lekocevic reports for Capital Region Independent Media that two of the three Cairo board members present April 4 to reopen the Cairo recycling center, but a majority vote was not enough. Motions must pass with a majority of the entire board of five, so all three votes were needed. Deputy Town Supervisor MaryJo Cords and Councilperson Michael Flaherty voted in favor of reopening the facility but Councilperson Tim Powers voted against. Town Supervisor Jason Watts and Councilperson Debra Bogins were absent. The town’s recycling center, in the Angelo Canna Town Park, was closed in October 2020 by a unanimous vote of the board. The board said at the time that, “Greene County Solid Waste Department noted that the Cairo recycling dumpsters had to be dumped into the normal domestic garbage stream due to contamination by unrecyclable materials." So they stopped the recycling theater. The board also cited garbage strewn near the facility and staff harassment. At the April meeting, Powers questioned why Cairo should recycle. “My question is, why are we reopening it?," he said. Cords answered, “We had a lot of people come to town board meetings and say that they wanted the recycling center open." Read more about this story at TheUpstater.com.