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Carters Required to Collect Garbage in Yellow Bags

Southold Town Board to hold informational session to explain waste management mandates.

Members of the Southold Town Board will host an informational meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to explain the mandates of Southold’s Solid Waste Management Plan requiring residents to separate recycling and carters to collect garbage in Town yellow bags. Representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will explain the state mandates that the Town is required to enforce.

This past July, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and board members said that they would consider options to the yellow bag system, which has been in place since 1993 in order to encourage residents to recycle instead of throw everything away and to comply with state-mandated recycling goals, because of the influx of private carters in town over the years who do not use yellow bags.

“The state expects us to comply to recycling requirements, and we are trying to find new options to meet state needs,” Russell said in July. "The town does not have the unilateral right to do away with something because we don’t like it — we have to replace it with something else that will helps meet the same goals of reducing, reusing and recycling.”

Since creating a Russell has said that there is no way around doing away with yellow bags, not only to generate revenue but to continue to comply with the state, and that all carters must collect garbage in yellow bags.

Tony Chliek November 14, 2012 at 09:26 PM
The town should supply pails made for recycling like Islip town does.
northforker November 14, 2012 at 09:38 PM
and all that extra plastic waste must be so great for the environment. well done, southold.
BOB PALADIN November 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM
maybe if we had a 'must do ' list from the town then the yellow stupid antiquated system would be appropriate priority one is the BAY stop all pesticide spraying and stupid sales of lawn fertilizers priority two is the safety of the locals on the roads enforce the dam codes priority three make ALL lawn people MULCH the GRASS its a natural fertilizer and wont add to the landfill priority four stop the use of public vehicles on law enforcement and fire should have town vehicles prority five run the town like a business or cant you guys even do that i doubt it
Ditty51 November 15, 2012 at 11:25 PM
This is such BS. Go Green is not dumping garbage in Cutchogue, so why do they have to comply with town regulations? oh, i know -- they want the $$ generated from yellow bag sales..
Orwell November 16, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Personally, I'm tired of hearing Scott Russell talk about this issue from both sides of his mouth and any one who has followed this discussion has heard it. The latest is we have gone from a system that is "Revenue Neutral" to a system that is "Generating Revenue" apparently to pay for the costs of a Transfer Staion that we don't need. It's Time we closed the transfer station and found better uses for the land.

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