Recycling Center marks Earth Day

April brings thoughts of flowers, balmy breezes, warm sun — and spring cleaning.

Getting rid of that junk that’s accumulated over the winter has become easier thanks to the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority and its Single Stream Recycling Center.

In honor of Earth Day and to celebrate the new Recycling Center, the Waste Authority will hold an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its site at 80 Leland Ave. Ext. in Utica.

Jamie Tuttle, school recycling coordinator, said the day’s events include the Recycling Center dedication ceremony at 10:30 a.m, informational booths and exhibits on recycling and energy efficiency, and gardening-composting information.

There will be a free confidential paper shredding operation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with free collection and disposal of unused medication and pharmaceuticals from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in cooperation with the Mohawk Valley Pharmacist Society, Herkimer County Prevention Council, Catholic Charities and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

In addition, residents can drop off household hazardous waste and electronic material including paints, chemicals, electronics and more for proper recycling/disposal from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at no cost.

And if dropping off waste isn’t enough of a chore, you can pick up something too.

The open house will have compost available for purchase. Check for details.