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Legislature Awards Contracts to Upgrade and Operate Recycling and Solid Waste Center

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Legislature Awards Contracts to Upgrade and Operate Recycling and Solid Waste Center

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Legislature approved a new public-private partnership to upgrade the Tompkins Recycling and Solid Waste Center, ushering in improvements that will make recycling easier and divert more materials from the county's waste stream. The Legislature, by unanimous vote, awarded FCR, LLC, based in Charlotte, NC, contracts governing a nearly $2.5 million upgrade to the Center and to operate the Center over the next decade. FCR, LLC operates more than 24 recycling facilities in the United States.

The ten-year agreement with FCR, which begins February 16, 2011 (with an option to cancel after five years), will expand services and activities at the Center--' including substantial improvements to the facility, conversion to single stream recycling, and processing of additional recyclable materials on site. These improvements will divert more materials from the county's waste stream, toward meeting the goal to increase the diversion rate from the current 60% to 75% by 2015. The County anticipates a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to cover 50% of the facility construction cost. Construction will be completed by the end of October.

Single stream recycling will take effect as of March 7, meaning that all recyclables collected will go into one bin, then will be transferred to FCR's Ontario County facility for processing and recovery. The materials processing changes and Drop-Off Center improvements will take effect after construction is completed.

FCR president Sean Duffy said his firm is excited about the opportunity to work in partnership with the County and to continue to build beneficial long term sustainable relationships. County Solid Waste Manager Barbara Eckstrom said she is happy that the County has found a like-minded partner in FCR and characterized the partnership as a "very wise decision." Legislators praised Eckstrom for her leadership throughout the process, saying that the process should be a model for any major project the County undertakes.