City of Syracuse to Use Rear-Loading for recycling

Residents can be assured their recyclables are being recycled, not trashed:

Starting this week, the city of Syracuse Department of Public Works (DPW) will temporarily add rear-loading packer trucks (normally used for trash collection in the city) to its fleet of recycling collection vehicles. The rear-loading packer trucks will collect recyclable items only and will not collect trash in the same vehicle.

The addition of the rear-loading packer vehicles is in response to the short-term suspension of operations at a dual-stream recycling facility in Onondaga County. All residential recycling materials in Onondaga County will now be directed to a local single-stream recycling facility.

Tom Rhoads, Executive Director of OCRRA, said, "Single-stream facilities accept recyclable paper and containers mixed together. This means the DPW does not have to collect recyclable papers and containers separately, as they have done in the past; but can collect them mixed together in the rear loading packer trucks."

"Although rear-loading packer trucks are typically used for garbage collection, City residents who see their recyclables mixed together and collected in these vehicles can be confident their items are still being properly recycled," said Andrew Radin, Director of Recycling at OCRRA.

Jeff Wright, Commissioner of DPW, said, "We anticipate that this temporary arrangement will last about 2 or 3 months. We are committed to providing the most efficient and effective trash and recyclable program. This system will help to continue our responsibility to the residents of the City of Syracuse."

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