Jervis Public Library to host semi-annual Recycling Day Sept. 12

Published Sep 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Jervis Public Library will host its semi-annual Recycling Day in the library parking lot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Community members are invited to bring the following items:

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

According to Assistant Director Kari Tucker, this semi-annual event dates back to 2006, when Jervis teamed up with the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority to offer community members the opportunity to recycle their unwanted books, or donate them to the library if appropriate. 

Resulting in the collection of over six tons of books in a four-hour period of time, it was clear from the community response that Jervis had hit upon a much needed, and ecologically sound, community service, Tucker said. 

“Recycling Day at Jervis is at the heart of our continuing efforts to divert waste from the landfill and to encourage sustainable thinking,” Tucker explained.

“This collaborative event allows residents the opportunity to reduce waste in a productive way, giving new life to items that they no longer need. The one-stop event saves the time and energy it would otherwise take to deliver items individually,” Tucker added.

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. These items can be delivered to their Eco-Drop locations during regular operating hours.

Books and magazines

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.

DVD and 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, DVDs and CDs donated will be considered for the library’s collection and book sales. Any personally created DVDs/CDs will not be accepted.

Electronics and televisions

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 VHS tapes, Audio Cassettes, air conditioners, kitchen and personal appliances, and any items containing liquids.

Sensitive documents to shred

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 local organizations, 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.

Chairs

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

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