Lee-based trash hauler to accept mixed recycling
By Dick Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff
LENOX -- A local trash hauler will usher in the New Year by introducing Berkshire County to a more customer- and eco-friendly recycling program.
As of Jan. 1, Daley & Sons Trucking plans to institute "single-stream" recycling: allowing homeowners to combine bottles, cans and plastics with paper and cardboard into one container for curbside pick-up.
Gone are the days of Daley & Sons’ customers remembering which week to leave out what type recyclables, according to owner Bob Daley. The family run business serves Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge and several other surrounding communities, along with numerous businesses throughout Central and South County.
"This will make it simpler for everyone and we’ll recycle more," he said. "When you allow mixed recycling, you take 20 percent more out of the waste stream."
Daley said all recyclables will be picked up during weekly trash collection; customers on an every-other-week schedule only need put out recyclables with their garbage.
Come springtime, Daley & Sons will also provide residential customers -- free of charge -- a 68-gallon tote specifically for single-stream recycling, eliminating the need for multiple recycling containers in most households.
"If you do have a single tote with larger capacity, it should increase the recycling rate amongst homeowners," said Jamie Cahillane with the Center for Eco-Technology.
CET’s recycling services manager praised Daley & Sons for being the first local trash hauler in the county to offer single-stream recycling.
"It has primarily been in eastern Massachusetts and working its way west," Cahillane said. "Springfield instituted single-stream recycling two years ago."
The upgraded recycling plan coincides with Daley & Sons’ relocation back to Lee, into a new facility that will include an extensive recycling operation. The new headquarters under construction on five acres of a 15-acre parcel on Route 102 should be ready in February, Daley said.
Once the business moves into new office space and garage for the garbage trucks, work will begin to set up the recycling component that Daley expects will be open to the public in the spring.
"The new building will give me more room to recycle as we’re very tight in Lenox Dale," he said.
Daley emphasized that he’s not establishing a solid waste transfer station and that customers’ trash will continue to be taken to a facility in nearby Canaan, N.Y.
Daley & Sons is currently located at 505 Housatonic St., but in September 2010, it sold the one-acre property and building to its next door neighbor, the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum. The trash hauler is leasing back the property until the new facility in Lee is finished.
Bob Daley’s father, Nelson Daley Sr., founded the trucking firm in 1971 and continues to work for his son. A third generation of Daleys, Bob’s four sons, is among the 15 employees working for the family business.
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