At Earth Festival 2013, the Otsego County Conservation Association launched a collection of previously non-recyclable or difficult-to-recycle waste items through TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based company which converts these materials into park benches, backpacks and other new products.
Prompted by changes in the TerraCycle program, OCCA is no longer accepting chip or snack bags, flexible cheese packaging or Elmer’s brand products as part of its TerraCycle collection efforts. OCCA will continue to accept the following waste items:
- Used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and plastic toothbrush packaging
- Plastic cereal bags and cereal bag liners of any brand
- Pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers and permanent marker caps (pencils not included).