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Madison County looks to recycle plastics, turn waste into fuel

In March a contingent from Madison County traveled to Niagara Falls to tour JBI Inc. CEO John Bordynuik explains how the AG and rigid plastic is changed back into diesel fuel. Madison County Recycling Coordinator Sharon Driscoll holds a jar of diesel fuel, derived from discarded plastic. IDA Director Kipp Hicks, second from left, and Kevin Voorhees of Barton and Loguidice Engineers, right, pay close attention to Bordynuik’s description.

In March a contingent from Madison County traveled to Niagara Falls to tour JBI Inc. CEO John Bordynuik explains how the AG and rigid plastic is changed back into diesel fuel. Madison County Recycling Coordinator Sharon Driscoll holds a jar of diesel fuel, derived from discarded plastic. IDA Director Kipp Hicks, second from left, and Kevin Voorhees of Barton and Loguidice Engineers, right, pay close attention to Bordynuik’s description.

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Sharon A. Driscoll

James Zecca, director of the Madison County Department of Solid Waste, inspects bales of agricultural plastic that were sent to JBI Inc. in Niagara Falls as part of a test load to make sure the product collected can be processed. In the back ground is a large bale of rigid plastic that was also shipped to JBI Inc.

“We are extremely eager to move forward with this program,” Zecca said. “The first step is to start collecting AG and rigid plastic from in and around Madison County, bale it and ship it to the Niagara Falls facility where it will be turned into clean diesel fuel. We are confident that as this program evolves JBI Inc .will realize the untapped potential here in Madison County and the surrounding counties and commit to establishing a presence here in Madison County.”

Zecca was the guest speakers at the Madison County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on Oct. 17 at Centro’s Restaurant in DeRuyter, where he gave an update on the plastics to oil program. This event was attended by more than 60 people.

“As soon as a contract is put in place with JBI Inc. more information on the collection process will be released,” Zecca said.

Sharon A. Driscoll is Recycling Coordinator at the Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation. She can be reached at 361-8408 or sharon.driscoll@madisoncounty.ny.gov.

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