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Onondaga to impose fee for Recycling for the first time

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NEW YORK (Scrap Register): Due to fall in revenues from recyclables Onondaga, a county in the U.S. state of New York, is facing a budget gap of $2.5 million in the up coming year, because of which Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA ) is considering a first-time ever fee for recycling. The annual fee could be up to $25 per household, said Dereth Glance, executive director of OCRRA.

"If you do it per household and you're on the order of $10 to 25, that could go an incredibly long way," toward closing the budget gap, Glance said.

Imposing a fee on recycling fee would be a major shift in the recycling program pitched to county residents for more than 20 years. To encourage residents to recycle more and throw away less.

OCRRA does not charge residents or haulers directly for recycling. Haulers pay an $89-per-ton "tipping fee" to bring garbage to the incinerator, but nothing to bring recyclables to Waste Management's Recycle America plant in Liverpool.

Onondaga County wouldn't be the first to charge a recycling fee. Tompkins County residents pay $55 per household per year. Of that, $17 goes to the processing of recyclables, the county said. That's in addition to the $85-per ton fee charged to garbage haulers.

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