Opinion: Cortland should investigate $200K recycling grant

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Chris Burger lives in Marathon. Burger lives in Whitney Point.

Editor's Note: The following is a guest column submitted by Cortland resident Pam Jenkins.

As always, alternative or dissenting viewpoints are welcome. Submit guest columns to Editor Peter Blanchard at [email protected]

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CORTLAND, N.Y. – The DEC recently made $200,000 available to increase recycling efforts in Cortland County.

Did the DEC intend for this money to be given to OCRRA so that OCRRA could involve Cortland in it’s recycling, incineration and ash dump plans?

Residents of Onondaga County and Cortland County have posed this written question to Ken Lynch of the DEC and have not received a response.

We suggest that Cortland suspend it’s Request for Proposals for recycling and instead investigate using this $200,000 to upgrade and run Cortland’s recycling facility and programs.

Chris Burger of Whitney Point, and Neil Seldman, PhD of the Institute for Local Self Reliance and Paul Connett, PhD are among the people who have offered to advise Cortland through this process. Cortland officials have not accepted their offers of assistance.

Entire industries have sprung up that specialize in composting the putrescibles and industries that take back things like mattresses and packaging, electronics, fibers, and metals.

Also, C and D waste could be ground and used a cover, or retractable covers could be used instead of the ill-advised Solid Waste Committee’s plan to forge ahead with importing ash to use as cover.

Cortland officials need to look much more deeply into this before they award a recycling contract.

Pam Jenkins
Cortland, NY

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