Two public agencies that deal with waste are encouraging residents to compost and collect runoff water by taking orders for compost bins and rain barrels,
the organizations have announced.
The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority and Oneida County Sewer District are holding an online sale of discounted bins and barrels.
The OHSWA encourages home composting of yard and food waste because it helps reduce reliance on the county landfill and produces a usable product, according to the agency’s announcement.
Rain barrels can help reduce runoff that can overwhelm the stormwater system and cause sewage overflow into the Mohawk River, the announcement added.
A roof of 1,000 square feet can produce 600 gallons of runoff for each one inch of rain, according to agency officials.
If diverted to a rain barrel from a downspout, that water can go to gardens, lawns, hanging plants, washing cars and similar uses, the announcement added.
Other steps regarding runoff are at www.rippleeffectocsd.org.
Barrels and bins may be ordered online only at enviroworld.us/ohswa. Compost bins are $50 and rain barrels $60.
Bins and barrels may be picked up from 2-6 p.m. May 17 or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the Oneida-Herkimer Recycling Center, Leland Avenue Extension in Utica.
Only purchasers who ordered by May 10 may pick up; delivery is not available, the organization said.
More information on composting, solid waste and recycling is available at www.ohswa.org and 315-733-1224 and the agency’s Facebook page.