Recycling Information

Recycle: for the ever-growing list of items that are able to be recycled or remanufactured.  Composting is also an important part of the recycling equation and helps to support waste reduction.  We are working within our region to improve composting opportunities on an ongoing basis.

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For Residents
•  Household Garbage Disposal (Otsego County Solid Waste Department)
•  “How Do I Get Rid Of…?” (Otsego County Solid Waste Department)
•  Transfer Stations (Otsego County Solid Waste Department)
•  Hours & Rate Schedule (Otsego County Solid Waste Department)
•  Municipal Drop Off Centers (Otsego County Solid Waste Department)
•  Co-mingled Recycling – What items are accepted?  (Otsego County Solid Waste Department)
•  Co-mingled Recycling – See video below on Single Stream Recycling and how it works
•  “Terrible Ten”  – Things NOT to include in your co-mingled recycling.  (Otsego County Conservation Association)
•  “Terrible Ten” Companion Text (Otsego County Conservation Association)

TipCard-side2Above and Beyond Recycling
•  Household Hazardous Waste Day
 Item-specific Recycling Compiled Resources
• WRAP Plastic Film Recycling Program
Textile Recycling (Re-Clothe NY)
• Mattress Recycling Council

For Agricultural Businesses
•  Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project
(RAPP) at Cornell University
• OCCA’s RAPP Program

For Municipalities and Organizations
•  Green Waste Resources (Support for starting a municipal program in your area)
•  PowerPoint: “A Decision Support Tool and the Life Cycle Management of Municipal Solid Waste.”
•  Decision Support Tool

VIDEO: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT PLASTIC POLLUTION: Algalita Marine Research Institute is dedicated to the protection and improvement of the marine environment and its watersheds through education and research on the impact of plastic pollution. Algalita’s goal is a global environment that is healthy, sustainable and productive for all living creatures, free from plastic pollution. This video provides an informative, sometimes alarming look at the effect of plastics on the environment:

SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING VIDEO: Several OCCA members have inquired recently as to how items are sorted during the single stream recycling process. Watch the video below to see, from entry to exit, how the single-stream facility in Utica works.

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