A $7.1-million recycling operation proposed for Cutchogue received tax breaks from Suffolk County Thursday.
Peconic Recycling & Transfer Corp. wants to build a 34,200-square-foot structure on three acres at 560 Commerce Dr. The facility would process residential, commercial and construction waste, beginning next year.
Peconic Recycling is a sister company to Mattituck Sanitation, whose trucks have been picking up garbage on the North Fork for some 40 years. The companies share a top executive, Stanley Lomangino.
Another related business provides garbage removal on Shelter Island.
Peconic Recycling first sought approval from Southold Town for the Cutchogue facility in 2007; it came in March. The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an operating permit in 2010.
"Almost everything you throw away is recyclable," said Jonathan DiVello, operations director. "The landfill is becoming a thing of the past."
He said Peconic Recycling would rely on machinery and employees to sort plastics, metal, paper and other recyclables for resale.
The county's industrial development agency Thursday backed the project with more than $348,000 in tax breaks, including a property-tax savings of $228,074 over 10 years.
The incentives are in return for Peconic Recycling's promise to create 12 jobs by 2016, with wages averaging $36,500 per year, records show. Executives said they hope to create up to 18 more jobs if the business prospers.
DiVello said the facility would be powered by solar panels on the roof and operate year-round, unlike some of the tourism businesses that are a mainstay of the East End economy.
"Garbage never sleeps, it just keeps going," he said.
Bob Kern, the company's community affairs director, outlined plans to establish an apprenticeship program with Suffolk County Community College and other schools. He also said Peconic Recycling's workforce will be unionized.