Recycle center closing disputed

The Cairo Town Board voted to close its recycling center due to residents depositing items that cannot be recycled. Contributed photo

CAIRO — The Cairo Town Board unanimously decided it will close the town recycling center after an abundance of non-recyclable waste was deposited at the facility.

The recycling center, located in Angelo Canna Town Park, will close Nov. 1. An increasing amount of non-recyclable items have been left at the center since the summer.

The issue came to a head last week when two mattresses, a kitchen table and chairs were improperly disposed of, 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, Coyne said, so the town is unable to trace who is leaving the waste.

On another occasion, vinyl siding was deposited, Coyne said.

“It looked like it was from an entire house,” he said. “We all know vinyl siding is not recyclable.”

Residents still have recycling options, Coyne said.

“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.

“If I take my garbage to Catskill or Windham, I take my recycling with me,” Coyne said.

The county transfer stations have been experiencing an uptick in use, with a 30% to 40% increase in customers, Greene County Highway and Solid Waste Superintendent Scott Templeton told lawmakers Monday.

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