Drop-off recycling centers will remain open, county official says

Local recycling drop-off sites will continue to be in use even when a new process of single-stream recycling rolls out next year, according to Jason Yorks Lycoming County recycling coordinator.

He said he received several phone calls asking about the future of the county’s 27 municipal drop off sites after an article appeared in Wednesday’s Sun-Gazette detailing the county’s eventual switch to single-stream recycling.

With the new process, residents will have the option – if their garbage haulers participate – to commingle recyclable materials in one container that would be picked up by their disposal company.

Yorks said waste haulers most likely would charge a nominal monthly fee to collect the recyclables and provide a separate 95-gallon tote in which to place them.

Curbside pickup of recyclables slowly would be phased out over several years as more waste haulers commit to the program, Yorks said.

Businesses that produce larger volumes of glass recyclable material, such as bars and restaurants, still would be eligible for curbside pickup, he added.

County commissioners this week approved the advertisement of bids for new equipment that would allow commingled recyclable materials to be sorted at the recycling facility in Montgomery.

Several counties in the state already operate a single-stream recycling program, including Union and Snyder counties, according to Yorks.