December 1, 2009
East Syracuse recycling plant's work doubles due to bottle bill
East Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - New York’s bottle bill expansion has been on the books for a month now and the water bottles are starting to show up at recycling centers.
Now that they're worth something, water bottles are starting to show up more in the sea plastic that Tomra in East Syracuse handles every day.
“The day we were able to start accepting then that was a sudden impact, telling the drivers and our employees it's coming now,” Tomra Operations Manager Dave Pangaro said. “But we knew it was in the works, eventually we were hoping it would pass everything was going to go right, so we had that plan ahead of time."
Pangaro said their containers are jammed full with the shredded plastic, including water bottles. They ship about two truckloads a week right now but figures they’ll probably double that as the water bottles start to flow in.
"Our first step is labor, warehouse employees and drivers to pick the volume up and then if we start seeing more we could increase to more machines or a bigger facility if needed,” Pangaro said.
All of the plastic is sorted and shredded into pieces to be made into new bottles, carpet and composite decks.