Here’s how to get rid of fall cleanup junk

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The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority has a guide for disposing of the products of fall cleanup, starting with a reminder to never put propane tanks and cylinders in the regular garbage.

Residents instead can deliver propane tanks and cylinders up to 100 pounds to the EcoDrop sites at 575 Perimeter Drive in Rome or 80 Leland Avenue Extension in Utica. There is no charge for the service.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Rome site, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Utica.

“Because propane tanks are pressurized, they pose a safety hazard at recycling centers and landfills,” said recycling coordinator Samantha Brown. “Our EcoDrop locations accept these tanks and cylinders year-round at no charge to residents, and provide an opportunity for these items to be safely recycled and kept out of the waste stream.”

Household hazardous waste such as paint, chemicals and fertilizer is accepted April 1 through Sept. 30 each year and only at the Leland Avenue site in Utica. The last day such waste will be accepted this year is Sept. 30.

The Solid Waste Authority encourages reuse before disposal. There are various locations and organizations that accept used items as a donation for reuse or recycling. A list is at www.ohswa.org.

Many items you may encounter while cleaning up this fall are recyclable, but due to safety concerns, they must be delivered to the solid waste facilities, such as paints, chemicals, propane tanks and bulky rigid plastics, Brown added.

Companies that take materials for recycling also exact a penalty or lower payment if loads are contaminated, which can effect costs of a community’s recycling program.

“The quality of recyclables plays a major role in the success of recycling programs, so it is important to follow guidelines and dispose of waste properly while cleanups take place across the region,” Brown said.

If you are not sure how to properly recycle or dispose of an item, the Authority encourages residents to visit its tool at www.AmIRecyclable.com to search hundreds of different items and learn all the answers.

Here is a guide to common fall clean-up materials:

Inflatable pool floats: Do not put in a recycling bin. Pool floats should go into the regular garbage.

Bulky rigid plastics such as lawn furniture, toys, coolers and garbage cans: Do not put in the recycling bin. Take to the EcoDrop sites in Rome or Utica for free drop-off, or check with your municipality for a collection schedule.

Propane tanks up to 100 pounds: Do not put in the recycling bin. Take to the EcoDrop sites in Rome or Utica for free drop off.

Pool chemicals, paint, other hazardous household waste: Do not put in recycling bins. They may go to the EcoDrop site in Utica through Sept. 30, and again starting April 1. Empty containers and hardened paint cans should be placed in the regular garbage.

Garden hoses: Do not put in the home recycling bin.

They must go into regular garbage.

Scrap metal, including grills, lawnmowers and the like: Not in the home recycling bin. They may be left at the EcoDrop sites in Rome or Utica.

Green waste such as leaves, grass clippings and garden waste: Take to the EcoDrop sites in Rome or Utica, or contact your municipality for a collection schedule.

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