City, Fort Drum continue talks about single-stream recycling

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WATERTOWN — The City Council on Monday gave informal approval to continue talks with Fort Drum officials about partnering with the municipality’s plan to move to single-stream recycling.

Last year, city officials decided to look at whether it is feasible to go to single-stream recycling, rather than sorting recyclables in different plastic bins.

On Monday night, Public Work Superintendent Patrick W. Keenan asked for council direction as to whether the city should pursue the partnership with Fort Drum.

Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith and council members Patrick J. Hickey and Sarah V. Compo-Pierce were in favor of the partnership. Councilman Cliff G. Olney opposed the proposal.

Councilwoman Lisa A. Ruggiero said she was not quite there, saying she wanted to know the cost before committing to the idea.

“I want to see firm numbers,” she said.

Mr. Keenan said he had just talked to Kirk W. Hauk, head of Fort Drum’s public works operations and former city engineer, to see if the post would still be interested in forming a partnership.

Fort Drum is looking at constructing a new recycling transfer facility, while the city would need the same kind of facility to take recycling if it goes to single-stream.

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