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Warrensburg leaders pledge to expand recycling efforts

Warrensburg's leaders have decided to boost recycling efforts in town to help its residents save money on trash disposal fees and trim local taxes.

Warrensburg's leaders have decided to boost recycling efforts in town to help its residents save money on trash disposal fees and trim local taxes. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Town leaders pledged to boost recycling efforts and educate local citizens in the task — soon after they heard from a town board member how local government as well as residents could save money through the measures.

Town board member Linda Baker Marcella reported to the panel that a variety of plastics, now pitched into the trash hopper at the town landfill, could be separated by residents, collected in a bin at the landfill and sold to hauler Waste Management Inc. for $200 per ton.

For 25 years, state regulations have required that municipalities across the state collect and recycle plastics and a variety of other materials, but many of these counties, cities and towns have not complied with the full list, citing that it wasn’t cost efficient to do so.

Marcella, however, has spent time recently researching the issue of recycling, based on the town board’s commitment to trim taxpayer expenses of trash transport and disposal, she said.

Marcella noted that recycling as much as possible yields double rewards for taxpayers: by reducing the disposal fees at the town landfill, and by easing the tax burden.

With as much as 80 percent of trash now able to be recycled, disposal costs are slashed for taxpayers, while the recyclable items can earn cash to offset the costs of transporting either trash or recyclables to their destination, she said.

Marcella gave her presentation to the town board at its Sept. 12 meeting, noting some attractive prices now being paid for recyclable materials: selected plastics, $200 per ton; steel cans - clean and with labels removed, $200 per ton; newspapers, $90 per ton; cardboard, $85 per ton; magazines, $90 per ton.

She estimated that boosted recycling could save homeowners $100 to $200 per year, and the town many thousands of dollars annually.

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