Recycling facility getting modifications

JOHNSTOWN — Modifications to the Fulton County Recycling Facility — to further accommodate single-stream recycling — are continuing.

County Department of Solid Waste personnel recently told the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee that changes to the county landfill facility are being made.

Deputy Director of Solid Waste/Operations David Rhodes said modifications to the recycling facility are “ongoing.”

Recycling staff have been removing conveyors and the tin magnet. All equipment items are being catalogued and kept together for future auction, Rhodes said.

He said this is the first line of modifications for this year’s planned installation of a conveyor and compactor to automate processing of single-stream recyclables for transport to the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority.

Fulton County started single-stream recycling about a year ago, and have a contract to have the authority take its recyclables.

Residents must now put all recyclables curbside in lidded containers with free county stickers affixed. Bags are not to be used, with the exception of for shredded paper. Single-stream recycling in one bin includes paper, plastic, metal and glass goods.

Elsewhere in the operations report, Rhodes said the Department of Solid Waste removed trees and miscellaneous metal poles at the Tryon Industrial Park in Perth.

“We completed some of the projects with highway [crews],” Rhodes said.

A total of 12 loads of chips, or 158.8 tons were added to compost.

In regular committee business:

∫The committee authorized advertising for bids for an off-road truck. The full board will vote Monday to go out to bid.

Deputy Director of Solid Waste/Administration Cindy Livingston said the truck is scheduled for purchase under the county’s 2018 capital plan at an estimated cost of $350,000.

The new truck is requested to replace the current articulated, all-wheel drive off road truck that is 14 years old and has over 23,000 hours on it.

∫Livingston requested and received committee authorization to sign an annual newspaper advertising contract, which provides $1,262 savings.

“Basically, this year we’re doing a little less advertising,” she said.

She noted the county’s single-stream recycling program is “well established,” and the county’s bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste program isn’t being conducted in 2018.

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