Did you know that the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority has one of the most expansive recycling programs in the country? Because of their work and our community’s commitment to green, we are a national model for solid waste management systems.
With spring cleaning in full force, we thought we’d check in with the Authority and find out what’s recyclable and what’s not.
What should you do with these everyday items in your house or garage? We’ve summarized here to give you a quick guide. Your best bet is to refer to the Waste Authority website to find out more.
It is illegal to toss rechargeable batteries in the trash. They must be returned to local retailers and direct sellers. Household alkaline batteries can be thrown in the garbage. There used to be a hazard with these but the mercury has been removed from them so they are safe to throw away.
You can bring old clothes to the Authority’s Clothing Drop Off Box. This includes used clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, and stuffed animals. Be sure the items are clean and dry. Rips, stains, missing buttons, broken zippers are okay.
Since January 1, 2015 it has been illegal in New York State to throw electronic waste into the trash. This includes computers, computer components, televisions, and other electronic devices. Electronic waste can be dropped off at the Authority year round during regular business hours.
Throw your leaky, unusable garden house in the regular garbage.
Now is the time to get your old paint to the Authority as they only accept them from April to September. You can drop off 14 wet gallons and/or 20 dry pounds per trip. If your paint is reusable, you could donate it to the Oneida County Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If there is a small amount of paint in the can, you can let it dry up and place the can in the trash.
Plastic Toys and Other Bulky Plastics
These cannot be recycled at the curb, but the Authority will take them free of charge. This includes swings and playhouses (no excuse to finally get it down!), buckets and pails, lawn furniture and laundry baskets. And much more.
Pots, pans, bicycles, and car parts cannot be recycled curbside. You can bring these in to the Authority at no charge. Scrap metal includes aluminum, tin, cast iron, steel, stainless steel, copper, zinc, brass, and bronze.
Disposable foam beverage cups, carry-out containers, egg cartons, and packaging material/shipping peanuts are not recyclable. You can place these in the trash.
That’s our quick list of junk that may have accumulated in your home and garage. As you can see, the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is your answer to a clean, green home. Again, find out much more at their website.
Until next time,
Your SZW Team
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