Farmingville, NY – In May 2021, the Town of Brookhaven expanded its residential recycling program to include polypropylene #5 plastics. At that time, the Town’s Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Yaphank was upgraded with a new sorting line to allow for the recovery of the #5 plastic from curbside recycling. Brookhaven residents responded with a significant boost in their recycling efforts which translated into an increase in the sale of recycling commodities. As a result of the increase, Will Flower (left), Senior Vice President of Winters Bros. Recycling of Long Island, was at the October 21 Town Board meeting to present a check in the amount of $1.25 million to Supervisor Ed Romaine (center) and Councilman Michael Loguercio (right). Winters Bros., is the operator of the Town’s Materials Recovery Facility. Polypropylene plastic #5 is used in an array of food and non-food packaging including items such as yogurt and margarine containers, tubs of cottage cheese, syrup bottles, etc. Polypropylene containers can be identified with the recycling logo with the number 5. All recyclables must be empty, rinsed clean and dry. Details of the Town of Brookhaven’s recycling program are available on the Town’s website.Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “Brookhaven residents have stepped up and increased their recycling in a big way and this check for $1.25 million is the result of their efforts. I thank our recycling partners at Winters Brothers for their commitment to expand the recycling to help make it easy for people to recycle in Brookhaven town.”Councilman Loguercio said, "Recycling is such an integral part of protecting the environment along with the entire waste management process. Thank you to Winters Brothers and all those residents in the Town of Brookhaven for doing their part to help keep our town beautiful and safe for our future generations."