My name is Amy Wyant and I am the new OCCA Executive Director. I know that I will have some very big shoes to fill after all the wonderful work that Leslie Orzetti accomplished and I am very excited to be part of such a great team. Here’s to a great 2020 and I look forward to meeting all of you!
Be Empowered to Save Energy Forums
Be empowered to make informed decisions about your home’s energy usage! Lean how free energy audits can help lower energy bills, how heat pumps save money while adding comfort and safety to your home, and how solar energy can reduce your energy bill while contributing to a healthy planet. Finally, learn about current New York state and federal incentives for all of these energy improvements. Speakers include Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director, Heat Smart Otsego, along with representatives from Revolution Solar, Delaware River Solar, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District. Workshops will be held at 6:30pm on January 8 at the Richfield Springs Food Co-op, and January 9 at Awestruck Cider in Sidney.
Heat Smart Otsego Community Campaign Event
Learn about renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies like air and ground source heat pumps for your home or business. Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler’s presentation will cover heat pumps and modern wood burning appliance basics: how these system work, how much they save, how much safer they are in your home and how much better they are for the environment. Visit the Heat Smart Otsego Facebook page for more information or to sign up (program is free). The event takes place at the Village Library of Cooperstown, 22 Main Street, Cooperstown from 3-4:30pm on Sunday, January 12.
Christmas Tree Disposal
Not sure what to do with your Christmas tree now that the holidays are over? Bring it to Brewery Ommegang (minus the lights, tinsel and ornaments, of course) and toss it on the pyre as part of their Snap, Crackle, Hop event on Saturday, January 4, 12-3pm, Brewery Ommegang, 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown. For more details, visit www.ommegang.com. If you’re not ready to get rid of your tree yet, many municipalities collect Christmas trees. Check with your town or village highway department to find out about tree collections where you live.
News From the Solid Waste Department
NEW FEES: Due to increased costs of solid waste disposal, the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste has announced new rate changes for haulers and individuals. There are new fees for trash disposal and recycling of electronics. Residents will not be charged for bringing their recyclables (plastic, metal, glass, paper, cardboard) to the transfer stations.
COMPOSTING BINS AVAILABLE: OCCA and the Otsego County Department of Solid Waste and Planning have food waste bins for sale. Bins are available in two sizes: Two gallon ‘Kitchen Collector’ ($6) or six gallon ‘EcoCaddy’ ($15). Each container has a hinged lid that locks into place to reduce odors and a sturdy handle for easy transport. These bins are a great way to keep your home odor and pest free while building up food scraps for your backyard compost pile or Otsego County’s new compost facility (see below). Bins are currently available for sale at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta, Northern Transfer Station in Cooperstown, Oneonta Town Hall, the Richfield Springs Food Co-op, and at the Meadows Office Complex.
COMPOST DROP OFF: Otsego County now has functional food composting operation in Oneonta! Household food waste that can be composted include fruit, vegetables, coffee grounds and filters, and grains. Remove stickers from fruit and vegetables. Do not include any paper products (aside from coffee filters), packaging, compostable/biodegradable bags, plates or cutlery, or meat, bones or dairy. At this time, food scraps can only be dropped off at the Southern Transfer Station in Oneonta ($1/container tip fee). Scraps will be transported to a nearby composting facility.
FREE PAINT: Latex paint collected at Household Hazardous Waste Day has been remixed and is available to Otsego County residents for free. Hurry while supplies last! Paint can be picked up at the Meadows Office Complex, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown.
For more information, call the Solid Waste Department at (607) 547-4225 or visit https://www.otsegocounty.com/departments/solid_waste/index.php.
OCCA extends a great big ‘Thank You’ to those who responded to our Annual Appeal. Your contributions will help us continue to carry on our important work on behalf of Otsego County’s environment, and we look forward to many exciting programs in 2020!