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Beacon Recycling Facility Set To Open

By Dave Lucas

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Beacon, NY – A new waste management plant in Beacon will make it easier for residents and businesses in Dutchess County to recycle some of their garbage. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The 56,000-square foot Hudson-Baylor plant is outfitted to separate and process a variety of materials, including household materials and office waste: glass, metals, plastic and paper products. Hudson-Baylor Director of Marketing Chris Coady says the facility can handle material at the rate of 20 tons per hour. Glass will be pulverized into a fine powder --- the other materials will be compacted into up to 2-thousand pound bales. Coady notes that when the $17-million dollar recycling facility goes operational in January - haulers will be paid between 30 and 35 dollars a ton for recyclables.

Charles North is the President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce - he says recycling not only helps the environment, but creates more jobs. Dutchess County Executive Bill Steinhaus and County Executive-elect Marc Molinaro toured the facility Wednesday. Dutchess County's Industrial Development Agency helped finance the project - Hudson Baylor has already contracted with haulers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont.