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Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR OCCA GARAGE SALE NEXT WEEK
ITEMS FOUND AT EARTH FESTIVAL
DEC DENIES CONTITUTION PIPELINE WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION
TEXTILE RECYCLING UPDATE FROM RE-CLOTHE NY
FREE RECYCLING FOR WOOD PELLET BAGS, FARM PLASTICS
OCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO ASSUME NEW ROLE
SAVE THE DATE – OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL
DATES TO REMEMBER
DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR OCCA GARAGE SALE NEXT WEEK: The Otsego County Conservation Association will hold its annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday May 1 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street (in Pioneer Alley), Cooperstown. The official collection dates for the OCCA garage sale will be April 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations are tax deductible: OCCA will provide a donation voucher upon request. Those with questions, or who would like more information about volunteering to assist with the event, should call OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs at (607) 547-4488 or e-mail email@example.com for further details. Sale hours are Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 1from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unsold items will be available for free on Sunday, May 1 from 3-5 p.m. and on Monday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. OCCA is also inviting donations of home-baked pies to be sold at this year’s event. Those wishing to drop off pies may do so at the market space on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to raising funds for OCCA’s countywide environmental programs and initiatives, the garage sale also benefits the environment through waste prevention, or “source reduction.” Source reduction, including reuse, can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, land filling, and combustion. Source reduction also conserves resources and reduces pollution, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
ITEMS FOUND AT EARH FESTIVAL: Two colorful tins containing items purchased from Gilson’s Native American Crafts were found at Earth Festival. If they belong to you or someone you know, please contact OCCA to identify and claim them. Call 607-547-4488 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEC DENIES CONTITUTION PIPELINE WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION: On Friday afternoon, April 22, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the denial of the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. Although DEC has granted certificates for other projects, the application by Constitution for these certificates fails to meet New York State’s water quality standards. According to DEC, state officials conducted a rigorous review of Constitution’s application, all supporting materials, and more than 15,000 public comments on the project before reaching this decision. For details, see https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/144fb0f.
CLIMATE, CLEAN ENERGY POWERPOINT AVAILABLE ONLINE: Robyn Reynolds, a sustainability planner with Climate Action Associates, gave a presentation at Earth Festival on April 9 titled “Climate and Energy Action in New York State.” The PowerPoint from that presentation can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbd7tBWZJWk. According to Reynolds, communities across New York State are realizing the opportunities associated with adopting sustainable practices and exploring clean energy options. The host of benefits associated with climate and energy planning range from enhancing ecological quality, reducing energy costs, and increasing local economic growth to being less vulnerable in the case of extreme weather event.
TEXTILE RECYCLING UPDATE FROM RE-CLOTHE NY: In response to a number of recent inquiries about textile recycling, OCCA Executive Director Darla Youngs reached out to representatives of Re-Clothe NY for direction. According to Re-Clothe NY, if you are donating materials directly to a thrift store type location, you should follow the guidance of that organization’s requirements/directions. If you are utilizing donation bins or sheds, you can follow this general guideline as to what is accepted: “Clothing, shoes, and other textiles in any condition; must be dry and odorless.” More specifically, items cannot be damp, wet or excessively smelly and can have permanent stains but should not be dirty or contaminated with oil, paint, etc. Dan Lilkas-Rain, chair of the Re-Clothe NY campaign, explained to us that the vast majority of the clothing and other textiles donated ends up following the path of sorting, processing, and recycling shown in the following infographic: http://www.nysar3.org/uploads/textile_recovery_working_group/1414620389_CTR%20lifecycle%20of%20secondhand%20clothing.png. He added that fabric pieces and scraps are fine, as long as they’re at least a few square inches in size. Tiny scraps are too small to deal with, though cotton cloth can be composted. Loose stuffing is not accepted, but items with stuffing inside are (e.g. stuffed animals or pillows).
FREE RECYCLING FOR WOOD PELLET BAGS, FARM PLASTICS: Farmers wishing to drop off used agricultural plastic for free recycling will have two opportunities to do so this spring. Collection dates are scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, and Thursday, May 12 at the Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown. Collections on both days run from 8-11 a.m. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Used film plastic such as bale wrap, silage bags, bunker silo cover and greenhouse covers will be accepted, as will empty wood pellet bags. All plastic must be dry, free of excessive dirt, grit or mud, and needs to be sorted according to type. For information on how to participate, contact OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley at (607) 282-4087.
OCCA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO ASSUME NEW ROLE: Next month, Darla Youngs will step down from her position with the Otsego County Conservation Association as executive director to join the staff of the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board’s nonprofit arm – Tier Information and Enterprise Resources – as that organization’s operations and communications director. TIER, established in 1985 as a 501(c)6, provides services to regional planning and economic development agencies in the eight counties of Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga and Tompkins. Youngs will be based in STE’s Oneonta office. To learn more, see http://occainfo.org/occa-executive-director-assume-new-role-sterpdb/.
SAVE THE DATE – OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL: The 8th Otsego Lakes Festival will be held on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown. Organized under the aegis of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Lakes Festival offers residents and visitors alike a day full of fun and festivities celebrating Otsego County’s lakes – educational exhibits, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, and lake tours will all focus on the importance of protecting this county’s waterways and ensuring water quality throughout the region. Good food, music and art will also help celebrate the importance of Otsego County’s lakes. Stay tuned for full details.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
- April 30 and May 1, OCCA “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale
- May 7, Ag Plastics Collection, Southern transfer station
- May 12, Ag Plastics Collection, Northern transfer station
- May 14, hike, “Morning Birding at Mohican,” led by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Co-president Becky Gretton. 7 a.m., Mohican Farm, Springfield.
- May 21, Spring Fling Railroad Avenue Street Fair, presented by the Rotary Club of Cooperstown.
OCCA RELIES ON YOUR SUPPORT. Got a minute? Visit our website and look at everything OCCA is doing – and please consider an online donation whenever you can. Click on www.occainfo.org and look for the Network for Good logo on the home page to make a donation today.
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