As stated in a letter from County of Sullivan Department of Solid Waste & Recycling:

Dear Valued Customer:

As you are all aware, Sullivan County has implemented a program to improve the quality of single stream recycling (SSR) arriving at our transfer stations. This is as a result of global market tolerances for contamination that are now at less than 0.5%. Our processing facility notified us that contamination rates over 10% will result in a surcharge of $150 per ton in addition to our monthly variable processing fee of over $40+ per ton. Clearly recycling rates nearing $200 per ton for contaminated loads are not sustainable for Sullivan County to absorb thru our tax base. 

Since September we have ramped up our load inspection program and have provided you with feedback on loads of SSR delivered to us. Some contamination rates are as high as 50-70%. We have seen improvement from some customers however the 10% or less contamination rate has not been achieved by all. 

As such, effective December 17, 2018, we will be converting contaminated recycling tickets to the MSW charge rate, currently $95 per ton. Our solid waste rules allow us to assess additional handling fees where appropriate as well. 

Please take this opportunity to work with customers to ensure the recycling brought to us is within our guidelines for cleanliness and quality. In the case of SSR, these loads should contain NO plastic bags, styrofoam or other garbage. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. (845)807-0294

Donna Egan, Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sullivan County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling