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OCRRA and WestRock partner for better recycling and more energy

OCRRA and WestRock partner for better recycling and more energy

The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) and WestRock Company are joining forces to convert byproducts into electricity and capture thousands of tons of metal for recycling. This partnership will support local recycling jobs and energy production in Central New York.

When we recycle, certain materials like labels, stickers and staples are taken out because they can't be used and are sent to a landfill. With this collaboration, those materials will power the community.

"We have a waste to energy plant off of 481, it burns at a very high temperature with very strong environmental controls, and if you can't recycle and turn it into a product, you can capture that into electricity," says OCRRA Executive Director Dereth Glance.

The added power will reach 3,800 homes in the grid, while also creating more job opportunities.

"The prices of metal and cardboard are going up, so we want to do everything we can to keep local manufacturers here that are long-term jobs and provide some cost-saving to them. It's a win, win, win."

Onondaga County has one of the cleanest recycling streams in the state, which sets this project up for even more success.

OCRRA and WestRock signed a 5-year contract and hope to keep the collaboration going for many years.

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