Utica, NY – Ten years ago, the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (Authority) invested $ 10 million to transform its two-county recycling center into a “one-flow” facility. This one-stream program, named “RecycleOne – One and Done”, was designed to facilitate curbside recycling by removing the requirement to separate paper from plastic, metal and glass containers in the recycling bin. .
Although mixed recyclables can be placed together in one bin, some items can only be recycled at drop-off points. Here are some items that are recyclable, but should NEVER be placed in your recycling bin:
• Electronics – Items such as televisions, computers, laptops, printers, VCR / DVD players, cable boxes, and more are accepted at both Authority EcoDrops 6 days a week, year round , free for residents of Oneida and Herkimer counties. The collected electronics are sent to a dismantler and must be handled with care. Broken glass, leaking or damaged batteries, and large electronic devices can be dangerous to handle, transport and separate. If these items enter the Recycling Center and go through the sorting system, they could injure employees. Electronic devices that are not properly disposed of can also catch fire. Please recycle your electronic devices by delivering them
at the Authority’s EcoDrop facilities, not in your recycling container
• Scrap Metal – Items such as pipes, metal ladders, microwaves, sheet aluminum, pots and pans, etc. are accepted at both Authority EcoDrops 6 days a week, year round, free of charge. Placing these items in your recycling bin can injure employees and damage recycling center equipment. Never place scrap metal in your RecycleOne container.
• Plastic wrap – Items such as bubble wrap, plastic grocery bags, resealable sandwich / snack bags, cereal bags, plastic air cushions and bread bags are not accepted in as part of the RecycleOne program. The plastic film acts as a tangle and can twist or get caught in the recycling equipment, causing mechanical problems at the recycling center. Some large retail stores have plastic wrap collection bins available for you to recycle the plastic wrap, just make sure the material is clean and dry. Visit the Authority’s website at www.ohswa.org for a list of drop-off points. If you are unable to bring plastic wrap for recycling to a retail store, please place it in your regular garbage, not your recycling bin.
“Every item placed in a recycling bin in Oneida and Herkimer counties ends up at the Authority’s recycling center in Utica. If items that we cannot process make it to the facility’s sorting equipment, they can become a major safety and quality issue, ”said Samantha Brown, the Authority’s recycling coordinator.
Items that are not accepted through RecycleOne can be recycled in the Authority’s EcoDrops or at a drop-off point in the community. See the Reuse and recycling programs section of the AMF website for more information.
The Authority reports that Oneida and Herkimer counties have a recycling rate of 52%, well above the national average of 32%. Waste reduction, proper recycling and proper waste disposal conserve landfill space and conserve valuable natural resources and energy.
For more information on recycling and waste disposal, please visit www.ohswa.org or contact (315) 733-1224. The Authority also encourages residents and businesses to visit www.AmIRecyclable.com, which provides users with a tool to quickly search thousands of items for proper recycling and disposal methods.