Recycling plan on target

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste’s first year of single-stream recycling is going well, with no program changes are planned for county residents, an official said.

But Department Deputy Director Cindy Livingston said Monday that certain internal changes in single-stream have occurred recently and will into 2018.

Livingston said the county will “transition” new equipment and do “internal tweaking” to improve the single-stream operation.

Starting in early March, the county launched single-stream recycling. It was Fulton County’s first major change since separated recycling was instituted in the county in 1992. Residents now put all recyclables curbside in lidded containers with free county stickers affixed. Bags aren’t used anymore, with the exception of for shredded paper. Single-stream recycling in one bin includes paper, plastic, metal and glass goods.

“In general, overall, I’m hearing positive things about it,” Livingston said.

Livingston said anytime the public must something different, it requires change. But she said Fulton County residents have gotten used to a new recycling system that requires less preparation.

Fulton County has a five-year contract with the Utica-based Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority to take its recyclables. The county is also using two new additional recycling trucks, which Livingston said are “easier to load” and have more capability.

Livingston said the county is transitioning new equipment, as well, to handle recyclables at the transfer stations.

She said county residents should continue to do what they’re doing in 2018 regarding “preparation guidelines,” with the county planning no major single-stream changes. She said the public should be aware it can recycle items like milk cartons and “clean” pizza boxes.

One change that will occur in 2018 related to recycling will be at the landfill at Mud Road. The county this fall authorized a $12,000 contract with Barton & Loguidice Engineering of Liverpool. The company is designing structural renovations to the county’s recycling building for single-stream processing. The recycling building layout will be reconfigured and renovated for loading and transport.

The project entails changing the layout of the recycling building to bring the process inside and automate it for increased efficiency. Renovations will include removal of the conveyor and baler, removal of concrete and steel from the elevated commingled sort line, and removal of a portion of the concrete floor slab. A new configuration will also include construction of a concrete pit to accommodate installation of a new single-stream feed conveyor and stationary compactor, which are included in the county’s proposed 2018 capital plan.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at