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Malone backs firm seeking grant to recycle plastic from farms

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MALONE —TAP Industries plans to apply for a state Consolidated Funding Application grant to purchase equipment to recycle plastic from farms, and Malone town officials are backing the efforts.

TAP Industries is a redemption center for material recycling in Malone and recently opened a new collection facility in Plattsburgh.

“The way it stands right now, (the plastic) can’t be recycled because it’s dirty,” Malone Town Councilwoman Mary Scharf said at the town’s regular meeting Wednesday. “There has to be special equipment purchased to clean the plastic before they recycle it.”

She wrote a letter of support on behalf of the town board, which will be sent along with the application.

The letter was approved unanimously on Wednesday.

The letter also notes that Malone town officials are partnered with Malone village officials to help protect the Salmon River through its Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

The LWRP, a long-term management program for the town and village’s Salmon River waterfront resources that was approved in March 2012, highlights a “green corridor,” which looks to outline various scenic places and provide recreation space, according to previous reports.

“It is imperative that plastic not become part of the river environment,” the letter reads. “It not only harms marine life, but it also interferes with our goal to encourage tourism.”

Ms. Scharf noted that part of the tourism draw is fishing.

Malone Town Councilman Jack Sullivan also pointed out the plastic can be seen in streams around the area, not just the Salmon River.

“It’s a good thing to get rid of because I’ve heard a lot of people complain about it,” Mr. Sullivan said.

“It’s terrible,” added Malone Town Councilwoman Louise Taylor.

Ms. Scharf said this equipment, if the grant is approved, would also provide between six to 10 more jobs at TAP.

The grant application is due June 16, according to Ms. Scharf.

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