Recycling

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal & Electronic Recycling; Medical Disposal Also Available Aug. 1st

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The Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency’s 2015 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal & Electronic Recycling Day will take place Saturday, August 1st from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 96 Sand Dock Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.   Pre-registration is required for this event and there is a $15.00 registration fee. To pre-register, please call (845) 463-6020 or visit www.DCRRA.org.

An opportunity to dispose of unwanted or expired medications will also be available at this event between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. There is no fee or pre-registration required.

Materials that WILL be accepted:
Product Containers Marked: “Warning”, “Hazardous”, “Flammable”, “Poisonous”, “Corrosive.”

Photo chemicals, non-latex driveway sealer, pool chemicals, creosote, kerosene, flammable liquids, metal polish, turpentine, stains, varnishes, strippers, thinners, gasoline/oil mixture, brake fluid, auto fluids, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, adhesives, resins, solvents, oil & lead based paints (no latex), mercury containing devices, button cell batteries for watches & hearing aids, computer monitors, CPU’s, fax machines, printers, TV’s, stereos, telephones and cell phones, lithium & sealed lead acid batteries, fluorescent bulbs & tubes.

Materials that will NOT be accepted:
Ammunition or explosives, asbestos products, latex driveway sealer & latex paint, building or construction debris, tires, furniture, medical waste, propane or other flammable gas cylinders, radioactive materials, scrap metal, metal drums or empty containers, motor oil, car batteries and antifreeze.

Recycling with ReCommunity

Dutchess County Legislator, Francena Amparo visited ReCommunity Recycling’s “single stream” Beacon facility. Dave Kahn, the plant manager, gave Amparo and Charlie Davenport, candidate for Dutchess County Legislator in District 15, a tour of the facility.

ReCommunity is a 56,000 square foot facility that recycles 400 tons of paper, plastic, metals daily.  Only 7% of incoming materials go to landfills or incinerators. Currently there are 70 workers employed in two 10 hour shifts, which is no where near the capacity needed. If there is more of a focus on recycling, it can help build the ReCommunity business, and in turn will create more hires in Dutchess County.  All the employees live locally.

Plant Manager Dave Kahn making point to County Legislator Francena  Amparo

Plant Manager Dave Kahn and County Legislator Francena Amparo

Valley Views: County’s Solid Waste Management Plan Aims Too Low

On April 8, the Dutchess County Legislature passed the 2013 Dutchess County Local Solid Waste Management Plan. All 17 Republican legislators voted for this plan while seven Democrats plus one Conservative voted against its implementation.

The plan offers decreasing solid waste generation, increasing reuse and recycling, and minimizing the use of landfills for solid waste disposal. Yet, the beginning of the plan clearly states, “This Plan does not guarantee the County will be able to accomplish all of the tasks outlined and specified within the Implementation Schedule in Appendix D. The schedule is comprehensive and ambitious, and will take a major commitment by the County to realize all of the tasks.” The plan is obviously too far reaching and broad to be realistic in its goals. Instead of choosing just a few obtainable goals, this piece of legislation predicts its own impossible implementation before it even gets off the ground.

Why can’t we guarantee the county will be able to accomplish at least one of all tasks outlined in the plan? If the schedule is comprehensive and ambitious, why is our recycling goal 60 percent and not more? Why do we have a plan that focuses far too heavily on the incinerator? Did you know “waste to energy” is mentioned often in the plan, which means the county has an interest in burning more garbage including garbage from outside counties? Did you know the air quality for Dutchess County was rated F for a few years up until last year when we were given a grade of D? These are all fixable problems. Many municipalities do much better than what is proposed for Dutchess County and reap the benefits of higher levels of recycling.

Locally, Beacon is at a 70 percent recycling rate and is seeing massive financial cost cuts. Across the river, New Paltz was selected to partner with the U.S. Department of the Environment to develop a Zero Waste Action Plan for our country. We have two models in our own backyard to use as a guide.

Why don’t we have a plan with a more specified goal for decreasing waste without burning more garbage? We need to think of sustainability for Dutchess County especially when we have nearby municipalities to model from.

Our current recycling rate is a low 23 percent and the new plan gives a projection of only 60 percent in a 10 year period. I believe this is a low percentage compared to other counties in New York and we have set a low standard for our county. One may think going from 23 to 60 percent is ambitious but remember there are no specified goals outlined and we, the county, cannot guarantee we will accomplish all or one of the tasks outlined in the plan. We should not congratulate executives and authorities for saving the burn plant or saving taxpayer money. As long as there is burning, there will be less recycling. We should not be proud of a circumstance that lowers our citizen’s quality of life.

The use of incinerators for waste management is at best controversial. Everyone must weigh the economic appeal of local industrial activity with their concerns over health and environmental risk. I suggest everyone go to the county website and read the plan. Public input will be needed as we implement this plan.

After you read the plan, think of where you stand on this issue and speak to your representatives. Make sure you hold us accountable for the decisions made pertaining to this Waste Management Plan. Your health and the health of our children depend upon it.

See the full article in the Poughkeepsie Journal: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20130514/OPINION04/305140003/Valley-Views-County-s-Solid-Waste-Management-Plan-aims-too-low