Glen Cove Eyes Revenue From Expanded Recycling Program

Instead of paying for disposal, city will be paid for material it recycles.

Glen Cove's revamped recycling program is good for the city's coffers as well as the environment, according to City Hall.

The city mailed a brochure to city residents last week with the updated guidelines, which have the potential to reduce waste volume by up to 30 percent and could save taxpayers as much as $750,000 in disposal costs, the city claimed.

No revenue had been generated by the city's previous recycling program, which was limited in its acceptable items. Under the new contract, New Jersey-based Galaxy Recycling will buy recycled material from the city.

Department of Public Works director William Archambault said changes in the recycling industry provided the city with a new opportunity.

"With the current economic conditions, recyclables have better value," he said.

The new program comes as a 25-year-old, relatively low-cost waste collection contract ended in July and had to be renewed at a significant increase. The city will now pay a rate similar to that of other communities on Long Island, said Mayor Ralph Suozzi, "and we still got a good deal."

The rate, which had risen incrementally over the old contract's duration, increased from $43.50 per ton to $63 per ton with the new contract. Yard waste disposal hadn't been charged for but is now. Add associated costs like vehicle maintenance, fuel and manpower, and the figure comes to about $81 per ton under the new contract, according to Archambault.

Suozzi said the city is talking to management at Avalon Glen Cove about taking its recyclables. As a commercial property, the apartment complex handles its own waste collection and could reduce its pickup costs while benefiting the city's new revenue source, Suozzi said.

Free bins are available to city residents at City Hall upon request. Click here to see the guidelines on the city's website.

To learn the recycling collection day in your neighborhood, call Public Works at 516-676-4853.

Expanded Curbside Collection Recycling Guidelines

Item Accepted Not Accepted Preparation Paper

Office/school paper, newspaper/inserts, envelopes, manila envelopes, junk mail, catalogs/magazines, construction paper, hardcover, paperback and telephone books

Metallic paper, used paper plates and cups Bundle in paper bags or with twine, place on top of bucket Cardboard Cardboard of any color or kind, storage boxes, cereal, food and pizza boxes, drink containers No restrictions No bundling necessary - collected on Wednesdays Plastics All containers with Number 1-7 in the center of the triangle icon Plastic bags/wraps, 6-pack holders/rings Rinse residue, leave loose in bin Small Metals Food and beverage cans, aluminum foil Empty aerosol cans Rinse residue, leave loose in bin Large Metals Refrigerators w/ doors removed, dishwashers, washers, dryers, stoves, air conditioners, bicycles Call DPW (676-4402) at least one day prior to scheduled Wednesday pickup Glass All clear, opaque or colored glass containers Light bulbs, window and auto glass, mirrors, drinking glass, pottery, dishes, clay pots Rinse residue, leave loose in bin Electronics Computers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, CD and DVD players, stereos, televisions, video game consoles, hand-held electronics Microwaves and small household appliances Check city's website for spring and fall E-Waste events Pollutants Pesticides/insecticides, drain/oven cleaners, waste motor oil and anti-freeze, brake/transmission fluids, enamel, lead-/oil-based paints, wood preservatives, auto tires/batteries, consumer batteries, empty bbq-type propane tanks, pool chemicals, A/C refrigerants Water and latex paint cans, dried out Check city's website for fall S.T.O.P. event
Larry Sagarin November 26, 2012 at 08:32 PM
You could also put together a carpet recycling program. Long Island Carpet Recycling would be more than happy to help.
tj November 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I know it may come once or twice a year....but I have no clue where to take old propane tanks...I have no idea of the make of the tanks, jut got a bunch of old rusty tanks that need to go
Ralph Suozzi November 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM
tj, the old propane tanks are collected by the city during our Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O. P.) Program each fall. Please call public works at 676-4002 to find out if there are other alternatives to this. For instance you may be able to bring your tanks to a propane distributor since they have a mechanism for exchaning old tanks for new ones. However, this is only a suggestion, each distributor may be bound by different legal and regulatory rules. I would start with phone calls from the yellow pages if GC DPW can't assist.
Jason Molinet November 27, 2012 at 01:25 PM
@Larry Thanks.
Ralph Suozzi November 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
tj the number for GC DPW is 676-4402. For any city department the general phone number for City Hall is 676-2000. From there your call can be directed.
Eileen Coles November 27, 2012 at 02:55 PM
This is temporary for dealing with Hurricane Sandy but it might help. The closest drop off to us is in Bethpage. I wish the STOP program ran in the spring, too. http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/86981.html
Carl Todd November 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
We should build a small biodiesel plant on the site of the former incinerator to convert all the garden waste, leaves, etc. to diesel oil that can be used by all the City's diesel trucks and equipment. What the City doesn't need it could be sold to all the gardeners that dump their recyclables at the plant and when they do they can be given a discount card based upon the tonnage they dumped there. This will save the City the expense of shipping this waste to Suffolk and create a profit from a former expense. If the smallest plant is too large for Glen Cove we could offer the neighboring communities a limited conversion amount for a reasonable price but not to build one so large we'll be flooded by trucks hauling in their waste.
Eileen Coles November 28, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Good idea, the only problem is that biodiesel does cause unpleasant odors so that aspect of it would need to be dealt with. Used cooking grease is also a really good source of biodiesel. Anyone who wants to learn about biodiesel production should speak to Gordon Soderberg of the Veterans Green Bus, who is part of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit made up of ex-veterans with construction, communications and medical expertise who volunteer to do disaster response. They are all down in the Rockaways right now working to try to save people's houses. The Veterans Green Bus serves as both a communications base and an educational center to teach people how to implement alternative fuel and energy sources in the event of emergencies. Gordon's contact info is at the bottom of this web page. He and Team Rubicon are massively busy right now but eventually when things calm down they might be willing to bring the bus to other parts of the area that were hit by Sandy. http://unitedpeacerelief.ning.com/
Carl Todd November 28, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Eileen- I'll followup on this. Also I have 5 boxes of good men's clothes in my basement that since my cancer treatment I can't wear and my broken neck doesn't allow me to bring them up to be collected. I'm sure they are very much needed now. Do you know of any charity that would like them and could send someone to pick them up from my basement? All I contacted will not go into one's house.
Robert Moretto December 03, 2012 at 10:45 PM
You can bring them to Moretto Mason Supply any time they are open.
Robert Moretto December 03, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Ralph, I accept old propane tanks at any time empty or full
Robert Moretto December 03, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Can a commercial location put out cardboard on recycle days?
Micah Danney (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Only if the city currently collects from the location. This may expand in the future and is being discussed.


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