POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County’s rate of recycling has risen from 23 percent in 2010 to over 36 percent in 2014 and that means the county is well on its way to reaching its 60 percent recycling rate goal by 2022. That according to County Executive Marcus Molinaro, who said the 2014 numbers bested the projects for the year by more than two percent.
The county exec said reducing the amount of solid waste generated, increasing
reuse and recycling, and minimizing the amount of waste sent to landfills
are components of the county’s “Rethinking Waste” plan.
“What that means is we are not only making an impact on the environment by encouraging people to recycle and reuse, but it also reduces the cost of solid waste for Dutchess County taxpayers,” Molinaro said.
County Deputy Commissioner for Solid Waste Management Lindsay Carille said the county should continue to vigorously pursue the tasks in the solid waste plan, such as recycling education, identifying opportunities for increased food and yard waste composting, and the enforcement of regulations to make sure the positive trends continue.