Babylon Town has extended its contract with Omni Recycling for at least 15 years.

Omni processes yard waste, newspaper and metal and glass recycling at its 114 Alder St. facility in West Babylon. The company is owned by Anthony Core, a prominent Long Island carting figure whose EnCon Industries hauls the town's garbage.

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Under an agreement dating to 1994, Omni charges for yard waste but handles glass, metal and plastic for free and pays a small amount for paper materials.

Last year, the town paid $1.2 million for 21,147.5 tons of yard waste. It earned $88,692.50 for approximately 4,434 tons of paper materials. Terms of the contract were unchanged.

The Babylon Town Board approved the extension after a recommendation from a frequently used town consultant, Doug Jacob of Red Hill Professional Services.

Under the service agreement, Jacob wrote, the Omni facility acts as an auxiliary to the nearby Covanta Facility, the town's main depository for solid waste, by handling excess overflow for Covanta as well as contributing waste when the main facility is underutilized.

Omni's proximity and competitive rates were also positive factors in the recommendation, Jacob wrote. The contract includes a town option for a five-year extension.