STONY BROOK - A SUNY Stony Brook University study conducted between 1998-2009 shows that recycling rates dropped from 29 percent to 24 percent on Long Island.
In Brookhaven, officials say that drop ended up costing the town $1.5 million in landfill costs and the loss of revenue from selling the recyclables.
According to Stony Brook researchers, the only way to get the recycling rate to rise on the Island is more public education.
Stony Brook experts say they also believe that recycling numbers are dropping because a growing number of consumer products are coming in light-weight containers, which is throwing the numbers off.
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