Earth Festival “Drive Through, Drop Off” recycling event

April 13, 2021
Contact: Jeff O’Handley,, (607) 282-4087
Earth Festival Returns with “Drive Through, Drop Off” Recycling, Other Events

(COOPERSTOWN) — Otsego County Conservation Association’s Earth Festival is being held April 22 through 24 with a mix of online webinars, talks, and in-person nature walks. Earth Festival wraps up with the “Drive Through, Drop Off” Recycling Event, a special collection of hard-to-get-rid-of items, on April 24 from 11am-2pm.

The “Drive Through, Drop Off” event is a special collection at the Meadows complex on County Road 33 in Middlefield. Items to be collected include used tennis balls; natural wine corks; clean, white rigid expanded polystyrene foam packing material and egg cartons; permanent markers and pens; eyeglasses; inkjet cartridges, cellphones and small handheld electronics, such as GPS units. Also on hand will be Empire Recycling’s Confidata service to provide shredding of household documents.

“The recycling event is always a popular part of Earth Festival and we were sorry not to be able to offer it last year,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “We thought quite a bit about how we could provide the service for people while minimizing the risk of COVID exposure, and ‘Drive Through, Drop Off’ was the solution.”

The event will be held in the parking area of the Meadows office complex and will be staffed by OCCA volunteers who will unload cars and sort and pack the materials for shipment to recyclers. The service is free, but people must sign up at OCCA’s website ( in order to participate.  

“Volunteers will have masks and PPE,” O’Handley said. “We ask that drivers have masks as well, and that they stay in their cars to speed up traffic flow and minimize the risk of virus spread.”
O’Handley also made it clear that this event should not be confused with the County’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Day, which was also cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. “Check the list at our website and only bring items listed there,” he said. “We will not accept any items that are not on the list.”

In addition to the “Drive Through, Drop Off” event, OCCA is sponsoring a series of online events and limited size in-person events beginning on Earth Day, April 22. All sessions are free and open to the public. Information about all Earth Festival programs can be found at  Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization 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

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