Binghamton to get green by going green

By Lorne Fultonberg

Bert Adams Disposal, a contractor for Broome Recycling, installed a $500,000 dollar sorter that will allow residents to toss all of their recyclables in just one bin.

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM EDT

Binghamton (WBNG Binghamton) The city of Binghamton will soon be getting a reward when it recycles.

Mayor Matthew Ryan held a press conference Wednesday at City Hall to announce a new partnership with Broome Recycling.

"It's a chance for our constituents to save money and eventually save space in the landfill, which saves all of us money as taxpayer," said Ryan, a two-term democrat.

Before, Binghamton transported its recyclables to a Waste Management facility without receiving compensation. The mayor shopped the recycling contract to multiple companies, eventually giving it to the highest bidder.

Binghamton will receive $31.50 for each ton of recyclables it deposits, which Ryan says will total $126,000. It's a plan Ryan promised to enact during his State of the City address.

The city plans to use the money for recycling education in schools and municipalities, said Terry Kellogg, deputy commissioner at the Department of Public Works.

Ryan says the agreement is a positive thing for all parties.

"We think that by education and by getting all our constituents and all our citizens to understand that if they recycle even more, we'll have savings and we'll also save the landfill," Ryan said. "So this is an opportunity to get more revenue, to educate more people and get to a higher goal of recycling."

The city and Broome Recycling say it will be a mutually beneficial relationship. Binghamton doesn't have to transport its recyclables as far as it used to. Broome Recycling Sales Manager Christopher Kline estimates his company will add a half-dozen jobs.

"And these are people that live in the city of Binghamton and spend their paychecks here," Kline said. "So, like the mayor said, it is a win-win for everybody."

The city currently sits at a 42.6 percent recycling rate. Binghamton is trying to reach a 50 percent rate by 2015 -- a goal described as lofty but achievable, especially with the extra incentives the new agreement provides.

Said Ryan: "I'm asking all our residents to recycle as they've never recycled before."

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