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Dec 11, 2018 1:23 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

What Happens To Our Recycling, Part Three: The Way Forward

Skip Norsic, owner of Emil Norsic and Son, and yard manager Chris Zorko at Norsic and Son in Southampton. DANA SHAW
Dec 11, 2018 2:15 PM

This is the last in a three-part series, in which the Press News Group has explored the state of recycling for residents in the towns of East Hampton and Southampton, why recyclables go where they go, the factors affecting what does and does not get recycled, and the various options available to South Fork residents. This week, we examine the future of recycling, and how environmentally minded residents can get the most out of existing recycling programs today.

Read Part 3 here:

What Happens To Our Recycling, Part Three

Read Part 2 here:

What Happens To Our Recycling, Part Two

Read Part 1 here:

What Happens To Our Recycling, Part One

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Thank you for this series! I’ve wanted to know this information.

I wonder why we don’t handle recycling as they do in Europe (France, Holland). There are many small areas for people to deposit recycling in each town - often down the street, by the supermarket or near the center of town. So while people still need to bring it somewhere it’s never more than 5 minutes away and someplace you are passing every day. Often they are underground bins with just an above ground ...more
By SdK (2), Hampton Bays on Dec 12, 18 8:58 AM
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I am familiar with the recycling bins in France. Unfortunately, we cannot do something like that at the local level we would need more of a national policy. I also believe that such a system works because they have a municipal sanitation system that we do not have at the local level without going into what it would cost to operate and manage.
One consideration to improve recycling capabilities is to extend the hours that dump is open beyond 4:30 as that might allow working people the option ...more
By V.Tomanoku (746), southampton on Dec 14, 18 9:49 AM
Thank you for this series! I’ve wanted to know this information.

I wonder why we don’t handle recycling as they do in Europe (France, Holland). There are many small areas for people to deposit recycling in each town - often down the street, by the supermarket or near the center of town. So while people still need to bring it somewhere it’s never more than 5 minutes away and someplace you are passing every day. Often they are underground bins with just an above ground ...more
By SdK (2), Hampton Bays on Dec 12, 18 8:58 AM
Very good series about an important topic that everyone has a stake in!
Us crunchy granola people will continue to redeem our deposit bottles, diligently recycle and compost, taking tiny steps in the right direction.
All of us are garbage producers on the relatively wealthy east-end and we will continue to dump our trash near economically disadvantaged people in flyover country who will suffer the health effects of living near so much garbage. Throw out or "recycle" your glowing rectangle ...more
By Aeshtron (319), Southampton on Dec 13, 18 11:19 AM
Thank you for this excellent series. Where would we be without journalism?
By Julie Sheehan (2), East Quogue on Dec 15, 18 6:20 PM
I too enjoyed the 3-part series and learned a lot about the challenges of recycling. I’m happy to say that I’m one of the 15% that self-hauls, but I wish others would, at a minimum, haul just the recyclable items on the acceptable list and let their carters take care of the rest. I’ll add that in France people often walk to food markets with baskets and they don’t bag each piece of produce. We may have banned plastic check-out bags here, but I see plenty of people bagging ...more
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Dec 17, 18 6:08 PM
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