Clifton Park hopes alternative resources will reduce carbon footprint

"We're not questioning the people who ended up on this committee at all, it's really the political motives behind what's being done," Ballout added. "This is a political year, and they're acting in a political fashion."

Hughes has said the goal of the committee was to find ways to both decrease the town's environmental impact while also saving money for taxpayers.

"This is something that has been in the works now for a couple of months," Hughes said. "We're looking at how we can improve energy efficiency and yield some cost savings. We're trying to showcase some environmental stewardship."

One specific issue that the committee plans to look at is working with County Waste to provide additional recycling bins at the Clifton Park Commons.

"After one soccer tournament or baseball tournament, the amount of plastic bottles is amazing," said Supervisor Phil Barrett. "I think if we can segregate as many of those out as possible and get those recycled, that's obviously a lot of refuse that's not going into the landfill."

Barrett said he expected that the committee members will be finalized and officially appointed at a board meeting in September.


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