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Ontario County launches recycling program for building materials

Ontario County in New York State is taking a significant step towards environmental sustainability by launching a pilot program aimed at recycling used building materials.

The Finger Lakes Times reports the Board of Supervisors’ Planning & Environmental Quality Committee has approved a contract with Finger Lakes ReUse of Ithaca to implement this initiative.


This decision comes in response to a proposal from the town of Geneva, which initially requested a $5,000 grant for a local pilot program.

However, the scope of the project was expanded to a countywide level after a presentation by Carla Jordan, the county’s director of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management, leading to the unanimous approval of an $86,040 allocation for the program.

The program, designed to reduce landfill waste, will focus on repurposing construction materials like old doors and windows, often discarded during home remodels.