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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
Steinhaus and Molinaro Tour Hudson Baylor Recycling Facility in Beacon
Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and County Executive-elect Marcus J. Molinaro toured the nearly completed Hudson Baylor recycling facility in Beacon, NY yesterday with Hudson Baylor Corporation President Scott Tenney along with other company representatives, county officials and local media. The facility is expected to be completed and operational by the end of this year.
“We have been proud to work together with Hudson Baylor to make this project a reality and bring recycling to a new level in Dutchess County,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “This project has been a major economic generator of payroll dollars, which we know has a multiplier effect throughout the community, and we are thrilled to see it come to fruition.”
County Executive-elect Molinaro said, “We are very excited about the opening of Hudson Baylor and the opportunity for a public/private partnership with them to enhance and improve recycling. Recycling is critical to how we deal with solid waste here in Dutchess and with the simplified, single stream recycling that Hudson Baylor will offer, combined with educational outreach, we have enormous opportunity for positive change.”
Hudson Baylor Corporation is a materials recovery facility operator, which processes and markets residential recyclable materials diverted from the waste stream. The company is finalizing construction on its new 56,000 sq. ft. industrial Recyclable Material Recovery Facility in Beacon. The facility will accept residential material from dual stream (two recycling bins), single stream (one recycling bin) and commercial sources.
Hudson Baylor President Scott Tenney singled out the relationship with Dutchess County government as a critical factor in the successful construction of the project. “We had a meeting with County Executive Bill Steinhaus many months ago where he brought in numerous officials from a variety of areas, including the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency (DCIDA) and the Department of Planning & Development. From that point on, things really got rolling and moved along great. We are very pleased to be here today,” said Mr. Tenney.
Hudson Baylor is investing up to $17 million on the building construction and equipment fit up. The company worked successfully with the DCIDA to take advantage of available incentives. Construction of the project has generated more than 100 construction jobs and 50 permanent, full-time jobs are expected to be created when the facility is fully operational.
The project site is located on 17.1 acres, with 12.3 acres in the City of Beacon. A portion of the property will remain undeveloped and will include a 100 foot wide parcel from the western property line to the eastern property line parallel with the Fishkill Creek which will be gifted to the City of Beacon as part of the City’s ongoing Greenway Project.
The new Beacon facility will be a regional facility, taking recyclables from a 50+ mile radius area including Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, Putnam and Westchester counties, as well as parts of other states including Vermont and Connecticut. Hudson Baylor estimates 60,000 to 70,000 tons of recyclables will be processed at the facility within the first year.
One of the highlights of the new facility is an education center for customers and the community. Hudson Baylor Corporation is committed to helping protect the environment, by conserving resources through the recapture and reuse of recyclable products. The education center will be designed to educate both customers and the community about the ways each person can increase recycling and increase diversion. This education center will be a resource for local schools as well as community organizations. President Scott Tenney noted, “Recycling really starts with kids. When you get children interested in recycling, they go home and talk to their parents about it and get the whole family invested.” Both County Executive Steinhaus and County Executive-elect were particularly interested in opportunities the education center will offer, with Molinaro noting local municipal leaders could use the education center to get a better understanding about the benefits of recycling and take that information back to their local communities. County Executive Steinhaus said, “The more you get people to understand recycling and how simple it really is, the more you improve your recycling participation percentages.”
To learn more about Hudson Baylor, visit their website at www.hudsonbaylor.com
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