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Public Space Recycling Now a Part of Ithaca’s Wood Street Park

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management recently installed its eighth public space recycling station at the Wood Street skate park in Ithaca.

The specially-designed bin features receptacles for both trash and single-stream recyclable items like cans, plastic and glass containers, and newspapers. The unit is meant for items one might have while walking or skating around the park, not for full household trash and recycling.

Serviced through a contract with Casella Waste Systems, the station is monitored frequently to guard against contamination of either the waste or recycling streams.

The County launched its public space recycling initiative almost three years ago. Public space bins are located on Main Street in Trumansburg, along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Stewart Park and the Village of Dryden’s Montgomery Park….as well as at four County-owned buildings - the Public Library in downtown Ithaca, the County Courthouse and Human Services Buildings and the Public Health Department.

“Pairing trash and recycling bins along streetscapes and other public settings makes it easy and convenient for residents to recycle while reducing litter, and this program helps sites adhere to the mandatory recycling law that has been in place for over 25 years,” said Nancy Webster, a Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist for the County. “The Wood Street skate park is heavily used, and was a logical choice to add to our public space recycling program,” she said. “Folks bring over water and soda bottles and want to have accessible recycling at the site.”

The County is planning to install several additional public space bins at various locations in the future.