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Otsego County residents will have an opportunity to drop off a new class of item for recycling at Earth Festival this year: glass and porcelain.

“Glass is highly-recyclable, but it’s heavy and adds significantly to the County’s recycling costs,” said OCCA Executive Director, Leslie Orzetti. “We are fortunate to have a local industry that needs this material.”

Glass, porcelain and ceramic products will be collected at Earth Festival in a roll-off container provided by Casella Resource Solutions. Casella will transport the material to Ruby Lake Glass in Richfield Springs, where it will be put through an Andela Pulverizer System and converted into sand and gravel that has wide variety of applications, such as road base, construction, filtration, pipe bedding, decorative landscaping, and more.

“Our glass recycling equipment enables municipalities to save money, reduce the amount of glass being brought to landfills as well as the carbon footprint from mining new material by producing sand and gravel that can be used locally,” said Andela Products Sales Engineer, Brad Tifft.

The following items can be brought to Earth Festival for recycling: all glass jars and bottles; window, door and mirror glass (frames MUST be removed prior to dropping off); broken glass, drinking glasses, ovenware and ceramics, dishes, cups and plates; Pyrex; porcelain toilets and sinks. All items must be empty, clean and dry, though labels and caps and lids can be left on. Sinks must be all porcelain, not porcelain enameled over steel or other substances.

“We’re very excited about offering this opportunity,” said Orzetti.

Other items that can be brought to Earth Festival for recycling include Styrofoam (clean, white expanded polystyrene foam only); tennis balls; inkjet cartridges (NO toner); small handheld electronics, such as cell phones, digital cameras, tablets, iPads, iPods and natural cork from wine bottles. In addition, Empire Recycling will once again have their Confidata truck service available for shredding household documents from 11am-2pm, and the OCCA Recycling Committee will have reusable bags made from used pet food bags available for sale. For a full list of items, visit http://occainfo.org/recycling-earth-festival-2019/.

Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Earth Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School.

Earth Festival is made possible through donations by the following: Five Star Subaru, CNY Tent Rental, Otsego 2000, Cooperstown Natural Foods, Farm Credit East, Casella Waste Systems, Rich McCaffery, Delaware Otsego Audubon Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego/Schoharie Counties, Otsego Lake Association, Susquehanna Chapter Adirondack Club, Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Country Pride Cheese House.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning, and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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