READY TO RECYCLE — Rome Clean and Green Volunteers Bradley McPhearson, left, and Tyler Davis drop paper into a bin for shredding and recycling during a previous Jervis Public Library’s semi-annual Recycling Day. The event collected more than two tons of paper, several thousand pounds of other materials, including old TVs, textiles, batteries and other hard-to-dispose of items, according to collection workers. (Sentinel file photo by John Clifford)

Recycling Day at Jervis May 24

Published May 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

In its continuing efforts to divert waste from the landfill and to encourage sustainable thinking, on Wednesday, May 24, Jervis Public Library will host its semi-annual Recycling Day in the library parking lot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

That means you have a week to collect items to be recycled — including many that can’t be put out with recyclables at the curb.

“We are pleased to welcome Kris-Tech Wire as the sponsor of this event,” library officials said.

Community members are invited to bring the following items:

  • Books and magazines
  • VHS and audio tapes, DVDs, CDs
  • Electronics/computer equipment
  • Televisions
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • CFL and Florescent light bulbs
  • Sensitive documents to shred
  • Rigid plastics
  • Scrap metal
  • Pairs of shoes
  • Bottles and cans with deposit
  • Socks, bras, pantyhose and tights
  • Non-upholstered chairs

“This collaborative recycling event allows Rome-area residents the opportunity to reduce waste in a productive way, giving new life to items that they no longer need,” Jervis Assistant Director Kari Tucker explained. “In addition, residents pool their recyclables, conserving the gasoline and time it would take each resident to deliver items individually.”

Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste officials note that residents who wish to recycle bulky, rigid plastic items, computer equipment and televisions, or hardcover books cannot do so via curbside pickup.
These items left at the curb are delivered to the landfill.

Chairs

Chairs will be collected for Rome Clean and Green for a fall project. Chairs should be in usable condition. No upholstered chairs, please.

Pantyhose, socks, bras

The library will also collect socks, pantyhose, tights, and bras. Items should be laundered if not new. Pantyhose and tights are often made of nylon or spandex, which can take 30-40 years to decompose in a landfill. According to the manufacturer, No Nonsense has developed the first pantyhose-recycling program that repurposes those materials and turns them into infrastructure such as park benches, running tracks, car insulation, and playground equipment.

Socks will be used by an American textile manufacturer to make more socks. Bras will be given to a non-profit organization that distributes items in good condition to women escaping domestic violence and human trafficking. Others will be recycled with textiles.

Reading material

According to the library, all types of books will be accepted. All will be evaluated as potential donations prior to being recycled. Residents are asked to limit themselves to what can be brought in one vehicle load.

Media: VHS and audiotapes, DVDs, CDs

According to Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste officials, there is no longer a market for recycled media due to the expense of disassembling and/or unpacking these items. To divert these from the landfill, Rome Clean and Green is collecting these items to use in recycled artwork programs in the future. Residents may donate as many of these media items as they wish to be re-used in this way.

Electronics

Acceptable materials for electronics recycling include: computers and monitors, printers, keyboards, mice, network equipment, circuit boards, cabling and wiring, televisions, typewriters, fax machines, video gaming systems and supplies, audio/visual equipment, telecommunications equipment, and other electronics accessories. 

Depending upon age and condition, these items are either recycled on a materials basis (metals, plastics, etc) or disassembled with parts harvested for reuse. Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery (RCR&R) sanitizes or destroys all hard drives taken in.

Due to regulations regarding the disposal of electronics equipment for businesses, this event is intended for residential electronics recycling only.

Items that cannot be accepted for recycling include air conditioners, kitchen and personal appliances, and any items containing liquids.

Paper shredding

Confidata advises that there is a five bankers’ box limit on items to be shredded and that staples need not be removed. According to Confidata, acceptable paper items for onsite shredding include, but are not limited to: old files, computer print-outs, typing paper, account ledger sheets, copier paper, memos, plain envelopes, index cards, manila folders, brochures, pamphlets, blueprints, post-it notes, unbound reports, calculator tapes, and notebook paper. 

Some types of plastic media will also be accepted for shredding, but must be kept separate from the paper products. These materials include: microfilm, magnetic tape/media, floppy diskettes, and photographs.

Items that cannot be shredded include: newspaper, corrugated paper, padded mailing envelopes, fluorescent colored paper, copier paper wrappings, and papers lined with carbon.

Rigid plastic

Rigid plastic is an industry term that defines a category of recyclable plastic including hard or rigid plastic items as opposed to film or flexible plastic, officials from Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste explain. Examples include plastic beverage crates, laundry baskets, plastic buckets, plastic drums, plastic toys, and plastic totes or garbage cans.

Scrap Metal

Volunteers from the library will also be on hand to collect scrap metal. All money raised will go to support the Recycling Day efforts.

Shoes

Through a partnership with the local Rescue Mission, shoes in good condition will be given to people in need. Others will be recycled with textiles rather than placed in the landfill. Sporting shoes such as cleats, ski/snowboarding boots, and roller or ice skates are not acceptable.

Bottles and Cans

These will be used to pay for programming, such as Recycling Day, and to purchase library materials.

The event is held in cooperation with Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery (RCR&R), Confidata, Ace Hardware, Rome Clean and Green, and the City of Rome.

For more information call the library at 315-336-4570 or stop by the Information Desk