Town Of Oyster Bay Brings Single Stream Recycling To Local School Districts

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Further enhancing the successful Single Stream Recycling Program recently undertaken in the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Tom Hand this week announced that the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District will be the first to welcome the program at school facilities.

“We are proud to partner with the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District and bring our Single Stream Recycling Program to all school buildings in the community,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “This mutually beneficial partnership will reduce the district’s costs in recycling and will help increase revenue in our town. This is truly a win-win opportunity for the school district, as well as the Town and all residents.”

The Single Stream Recycling Program began last fall in all communities within the town’s recycling pickup districts. The system, which allows residents to place all recyclable materials, including cardboard, into one container, is estimated to generate up to $2 million over the next five years. Through single stream, residents can put out all recyclable materials, including all types of cardboard, plastics, glass containers, and paper including junk mail, together without separating.

“Single stream is another example of the great ways our administration has been looking to save taxpayers’ money while enhancing services,” Councilman Hand added. “In addition to the great financial benefit, this program has a significant environmental benefit as well. We are pleased that local school districts such as Plainview-Old Bethpage are seeing the benefits as well and are working with us to help our environment.”

Single-stream recycling is a system in which all recyclables, including newspaper, cardboard, plastic, aluminium, and junk mail are placed together in a bin for recycling by residents. These recyclables are collected in bulk by a single truck and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility to be sorted into various commodity streams for sale to markets, where it is processed into feedstock which can be used in the manufacture of new products.

—Submitted by Town of Oyster Bay

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