Patchogue residents will be able to toss paper, metal and...

Patchogue residents will be able to toss paper, metal and plastics into the same recycling container after village officials reached an agreement with Brookhaven Town to switch to single-stream recycling. Credit: Steve Pfost

Patchogue residents will be able to toss paper products and plastic bottles into the same recycling container in a few weeks when the village switches to single-stream recycling.

Village and Brookhaven Town officials have reached an agreement to ship Patchogue’s recyclables to the town’s recycling center in Brookhaven hamlet, officials said.

Patchogue officials said single-stream recycling will be easier for residents and should result in more recyclable material getting picked up.

“It’s a convenience for the homeowners. Right now, we have to separate the glass and cardboard. Now we can bundle it all together,” village Trustee Thomas Ferb said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “It’s a win-win.”

Starting June 1, residents will be able to dispose of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal and aluminum together in one container each week. Currently, recyclable material is collected on alternating Wednesdays, with paper and cardboard collected one week, and other material picked up the following week.

Patchogue joins more than a dozen other Long Island municipalities that have signed on to Brookhaven’s single-stream program, which began in 2014. The towns of Smithtown, Huntington and Southold, and the City of Glen Cove also take part in the Brookhaven program.

Brookhaven officials said the amount of recyclable material collected from households jumped 22 percent in the first year of the town’s single-stream program. Other municipalities reported similar increases.

“We’re looking to really give recycling a push,” Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in an interview Wednesday. “We want to get those numbers up even higher. The more we recycle, the less garbage we have to get rid of.”

Patchogue will pay $75 per ton to send recyclables to the Brookhaven facility, Mayor Paul V. Pontieri Jr. said. The village currently pays about $67 per ton to recycle solid waste with a private carting company, he said.

Pontieri said the town’s bid beat two private carters that also bid on contracts to collect recyclables for the village. The carting companies submitted bids with higher tipping fees, and also did not offer single-stream recycling, the mayor said.

“It’s better for the environment,” he said of single-stream recycling. “I’d rather deal with a municipality like the Town of Brookhaven than a private carter. We help each other.”

Patchogue’s switch to single-stream recycling was applauded by Brenda Pulley, senior vice president for recycling at Stamford, Connecticut-based Keep America Beautiful. She said more American towns and villages appear to be adopting single-stream programs because they are more efficient and simpler than multistream recycling.

“We want to make it easy for residents to recycle, and by using single stream, it makes it easy to recycle,” she said.

With Deon J. Hampton

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