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Public Space Recycling Station Added to Dryden’s Montgomery Park

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Public Space Recycling Station Added to Dryden’s Montgomery Park

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management recently installed its sixth public space recycling station in Dryden’s Montgomery Park. The specially-designed bin features receptacles for both trash and single-stream recyclable items like cans, plastic and glass bottles and newspapers.

Serviced through a contract with Casella Waste Systems, the station – located by the new children’s playground in the park - is monitored frequently by TCRMM staff to guard against contamination of either the waste or recycling streams and is intended for use by park visitors.

Dryden Village Mayor Reba Taylor said adding public space recycling has helped cut down on instances of litter in the park. “We’re excited to be partnering with Tompkins County on such a worthwhile program,” she said, “and the fact it will help keep Montgomery Park clean is an added benefit!”

The County launched its public space recycling initiative two years ago. In addition to Dryden, public space bins have been placed in front of the County Courthouse building on North Tioga Street, next to the Public Library on East Green Street, by the entrance to  the Human Services Building on West State/Martin Luther King Jr. Street, on Main Street in Trumansburg, and along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail in Stewart Park.

“All of these locations meet people where they’re at, in settings like sidewalks and parks, which research shows as a best practice in an increasing number of communities,” said Nancy Webster, a Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist for Tompkins County. “The most successful offer options for both trash and recycling, capturing recyclables for diversion and reducing litter.”

The County plans to site at least one more public space recycling station before the end of the year, said Webster.