Recycling for the future

Published Feb 27, 2017 at 4:00pm

Five years and going strong, and with many good years ahead.

That’s the status of the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s single-stream recycling program, which has been working successfully to slash the trash that’s dumped in our landfill.

There was recycling before the “single stream.” The authority’s original curbside recycling program began in 1991. Those were the days when paper had to be kept separate from glass and metals. It was tedious and time-consuming for homeowners.

The single stream allows residents and businesses to combine all recyclables for collection in one designated recycling container like those we have in Rome. Some 900,000 tons of recyclables have been processed since recycling began.

Who knows what lies in the future as recycling technology develops?

If you’re interested in a closer-up view of the advanced sorting technologies used at the recycling center, a video can be viewed on the authority’s website (, and its Youtube Channel: OHSWA.