Monticello Must Step Up Recycling Measures Now

EarthThe day after Earth Day, it became my pleasure to join a small band of other local environmentalists on a field trip to learn about recycling programs in nearby Rockland County's Materials Recovery Facility and Greenway Environmental's Compost Facility at Vassar College. Fellow travelers were Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau, Sullivan County Treasurer Ira Cohen, Sullivan County Commissioner of Finance Joshua Potosek, retired Monticello High School biology teacher Jim Weinstein, Special Protection of the Environment for the County of Sullivan (SPECS) co-director Janet Newburgh and Ron Weather, and Monticello Village Trustee Carmen Rue. Thanks to Janet Newburgh for organizing the expedition.

I know other members of the Monticello Village Board of Trustees share my concern on this issue, so we need to act as one.

All levels of government need to combine resources and work together to create viable alternatives landfilling our garbage. I am looking forward our Village participating in a coordinated community effort that will both saving tax dollars and making a healthier environment for all of us.

The Sullivan County Landfill, located in Monticello, is already much too large. We need to make recycling an urgent priority. Touring recycling facilities elsewhere in our region gave me hope for increased cooperation between the Village of Monticello, Town of Thompson, County of Sullivan, and State of New York.

As I receive more information on these facilities and topics, I will post them here.