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Town of Brookhaven single-stream recycling set to begin

Employees sort recyclables on machines at Brookhaven Town's

Employees sort recyclables on machines at Brookhaven Town's waste management facility. (Nov. 13, 2013) Credit: Steve Pfost

Brookhaven residents will be able to bundle all recyclables — instead of sorting materials on alternative Wednesdays — when the town introduces single-stream recycling early next year.

Items such as aluminum, cardboard, newspapers, phone books, glass bottles and cereal boxes among others will be accepted as of Jan. 4, town officials said.

But materials such as cat litter, needles, paint cans, waxed paper, yard waste, plates and dry-cleaning bags, won’t be collected.

In November, Brookhaven announced plans for a $7 million upgrade of the town’s materials recycling facility in Yaphank as it joins a growing number of municipalities offering single-stream recycling.

Recyclables will be processed elsewhere until the facility upgrade is completed, which should be by April, officials said.

Officials say they hope the transformation will allow the facility, at 350 Horseblock Rd., to serve as a leader in regional recycling.

Green Stream Recycling, a joint venture between Winters Bros. Waste Systems of Danbury, Conn., and Westbury-based Omni Recycling, are financing the expansion and conversion of the facility in return for a share of profits from selling the recyclables, officials said.

The revitalized Yaphank facility, which will be dubbed the “Green Stream Machine” — is expected to be Long Island’s largest and most advanced recycling center, town officials said.

The system will include new optical scanners and magnets, allowing materials to be sorted faster and with better efficiency, officials said.

The machine will process up to 50 tons of cardboard, newspaper, aluminum, plastic and more per hour, more than three times the current amount.

The move is environmentally friendly and encourages more people to recycle, town officials said.

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