​​​​​​​Solid Waste Authority offers cleanup tips for end of summer

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UTICA — As the summer season comes to an end, many begin cleaning up yards and homes to prepare for the cold weather months ahead. 

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority reminds residents of Oneida and Herkimer counties that the regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility, on Leland Avenue, will close in two weeks.

The last day residents can bring down paints and chemicals for disposal is Thursday, Sept. 30. The facility will re-open on April 1, 2022. 

The authority operates the EcoDrop Utica, 80 Leland Ave. Extension. Open Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

EcoDrop Rome (does not accept hazardous waste), 575 Perimeter Road. Open Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.

The Authority offers the following guidelines to assist with Fall cleanups:

Inflatable Pool Floats — Do not place in recycling bin. Inflatable pool floats should be placed in regular garbage.

Bulky Rigid Plastics (plastic lawn furniture, toys, coolers, garbage cans & more) — Do not place in recycling bin. Deliver to the EcoDrop Utica or EcoDrop Rome for recycling at no charge or contact your municipality for collection schedule.

Propane Tanks (1 lb. to 100 lb. tanks/cylinders) — Do not place in recycling bin. Deliver to EcoDrop Utica or EcoDrop Rome for recycling at no charge.

Pool Chemicals/Paint/Household Hazardous Waste — Do not place in recycling bin. Deliver to EcoDrop Utica only at no charge until Thursday, Sept. 30. Empty containers and hardened paint cans should be placed in your regular garbage.

Garden Hoses — Place in your regular garbage.

Scrap Metal (grills, lawnmowers, etc.) — Deliver to EcoDrop Utica or EcoDrop Rome for recycling at no charge.

Green Waste (leaves, grass clippings, garden waste) — Deliver to EcoDrop Utica or EcoDrop Rome or contact your municipality for collection schedule.
The Authority encourages reuse before disposal. There are various locations and organizations in Oneida and Herkimer Counties that accept used items as a donation for reuse or recycling. Please visitwww.ohswa.orgfor a list of organizations and acceptable items. 

“Many items you may encounter while cleaning up this Fall are recyclable, but due to safety or operational concerns, they must be delivered to our facilities. This includes items such as paints, chemicals, propane tanks and bulky rigid plastics,” stated Samantha Brown, Authority Recycling Coordinator. “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,” she continued. 

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

For more information on recycling and proper waste disposal, go online to visit www.ohswa.org or contact 315-733-1224.

People can also ask questions and find more information on the Authority’s Facebook page (Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority). 

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