It’s time for the spring cleanup of household waste

Published Apr 9, 2018 at 4:00pm

Despite the recent flurries, spring is in the air. So is the need to clear out that household hazardous waste that accumulated all winter.

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Utica reopened for its 26th season last week.

That name is quite a mouthful, but our area should be proud to have such a successful and handy facility where we can dump stuff that could pose potential environmental dangers.

As its website, (ohswa.org) points out, since the Authority began collecting household hazardous waste 26 years ago, nearly one million gallons of paint and chemicals have been received and properly disposed of.

The facility is open from April 1-Sept. 30 each year for this type of seasonal waste. It’s located at the end of Leland Avenue in North Utica for all Oneida and Herkimer county residents Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And even better, it’s free. Households don’t need an appointment. Just fill up the car or trailer and come on down.

Generally, the facility accepts paints, chemicals and other household hazardous waste like drain cleaners, glues and oven cleaners. but there’s a lot more. Check out the list at the website for all the details.

We owe a debt to those far-sighted officials who set up this operation designed to make our homes and businesses better and safer places to live and work.