Residents set recycling record

Published Sep 5, 2017 at 4:00pm

This week we thought we’d give a pat on the back to not only local recycling-minded residents but also the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority and those groups it works with to recycle old electronics.

The authority announced that the electronic recycling program has set a record for collections. With four months still left in the year, more than a million pounds of electronic waste have already been collected from residents and businesses. It was noted that groups and businesses have had drop-off drives that have helped in collections.

These electronics items — computers and televisions, for instance — contain rare metals and elements that are extracted by specialized companies.

Recycling these worn-out gadgets is a worthy endeavor. Millions of pounds of potentially harmful materials are kept out of our landfills.

The next time you wonder what to do with your old TV or laptop, you have some options: For year-round service residents can drop off items at the authority’s EcoDrop Rome, 575 Perimeter Road, and EcoDrop Utica, 80 Leland Ave. Extension. Other groups also have drop-off days. For more information, visit www.ohswa.org or call 315-733-1234