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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

CCMH Starts Single Stream Recycling

CCMH Goes Greener

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital began a “single stream” recycling program with Casella Waste Systems recently.

This recycling program is a little bit different whereas all of the recyclable items such as newspaper, phone books, cardboard, plastics, glass and aluminum, can be put together into one recycling container. This environmentally conscious effort will reduce the amount of waste that goes into the landfill and will reduce the dollars spent on waste removal.

“We could easily save $5,000-8,000 per year if everyone cooperated with the recycling efforts,” said Tricia Galeotti, director of environmental services at CCMH.


Anonymous said...

It's great that CCMH thinks they are recycling. The problem is that the market for recycled material has collapsed during the past year. Companies like Casella can't afford the labor to process the single stream recycling because what they receive for selling the product doesn't even cover the cost. The single stream recycling material most likely makes a stop at the SDS/Casella Transfer Station in Olean, then is shipped directly to the Hyland Landfill in Angelica N.Y. which is also owned by Casella. The advantage in this for SDS/Casella is that they can avoid the very high tipping fees at the Potter County Solid Waste Authority where this material has gone in the past. Consequently, since tonnages are down at the PCSWA, they will have to raise tippig fees again to cover expenses. No one at Casella will go on record to admitting any of this for fear of termination.

Anonymous said...

OK, so let's all just keep dumping our garbage along the roadside or wherever and don't even try to recycle since the market for recycling has collapsed. Makes perfect sense to not even try anymore.

Anonymous said...

If you are accusing Casella of committing fraud by marketing this as recycling and then having it dumped in a landfill, you better have some proof. Put up or shut up write at 8:11 am! Either way the hospital saves money though, right? Is that a bad thing?