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State Audit Applauds Tompkins' Recycling Efforts

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tompkins County’s recycling efforts received high marks in a recently released audit from the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

The audit examined performance measures of the Solid Waste Management Division from January 1st, 2013 to July 7th, 2014.  It concluded the various recycling programs implemented have been successful in diverting waste from the landfill, while saving the County more than $1.4 million since 2011.

“We commend County officials for implementing these programs, reducing waste and monitoring performance to continue to improve results,” said the audit.

The audit found 43, 532 tons of waste was diverted during the period examined, or the equivalent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 23, 539 passenger vehicles. Additionally, the County projects to average 3.3 pounds of waste per person per day in 2014, much lower than the state average of 4.5 pounds per person.

“The audit demonstrates how the residents and businesses of Tompkins County have supported our programs to reduce the amount of waste that is generated, while also saving a significant amount of money,” said Solid Waste Division Manager Barbara Eckstrom. “We have successfully decreased the waste stream by nearly 60%,” she added.

Eckstrom cited the success of curbside recycling, the public’s use of the Recycling and Solid Waste Center, food scraps recycling and the household hazardous waste management program for contributing to the County’s waste reduction efforts.