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Recycling pickup suspension extended

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government is extending its alternate plan for workers in the face of COVID until Jan. 29, so the suspension of curbside recycling pickup will extend until at least then.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead told the Board of Supervisors Monday that the county government workforce continues to be in a state of flux because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county since last year has been utilizing a system in which half the county employees in a department are either working from home or on call. The situation has prevented several possible COVID-19 breakouts within departments, officials say.

“It has avoided problems,” Stead said. “Hopefully we won’t have to do that for more than a few more weeks.”

A byproduct of the county’s personnel situation has been that the county Department of Solid Waste before the holidays had to suspend its Curbside Recycling Pick Up Program until Jan. 15.

Board Vice Chairman Gregory Fagan said that suspension will now continue until Jan. 29.

County officials had previously announced the program was suspended from Dec. 22 until Jan. 15. Department officials cited a manpower shortage, a lack of drivers, during the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for the temporary curbside suspension. The situation has caused county residents to scramble and drive to their transfer stations to have to manually drop off their recyclables.

Fagan said as long as the county is on the alternate workforce plan, the curbside recycling situation will have to remain the way it is.

Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young said the county residents may have to use the alternative transfer stations for awhile.

Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born said her family has used the bins off West Eighth Avenue in her city for recycling and the drop off situation has worked out well.

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