OCCA, Brewery Ommegang to host Drive Through, Drop Off Recycling event, April 23 

(MILFORD) — Otsego County Conservation Association and Brewery Ommegang are pleased to announce OCCA’s Second Drive Through, Drop Off Recycling Event will take place on Saturday, April 23 at Brewery Ommegang from 12pm-3pm. 

Drive Through, Drop Off recycling provides area residents the opportunity to recycle materials that can’t normally be put out curbside or taken to the transfer stations, such as Styrofoam, corks, cellphones and used toothpaste tubes. These items are then recycled through special programs. 

“Our Drive Through, Drop Off event last year was a great success and we’re really hoping to build on it this year,” said Amy Wyant, OCCA’s Executive Director. “We are very excited to be holding the event at Ommegang this year.  They are a great partner and are providing us a great space to work in.” 

The event will be set up at Brewery Ommegang’s concert parking field on Route 33 in Milford. Registrants will follow a circuit through the field, dropping off recyclables at different stations, where volunteers will unload cars, then sort and package the items for recycling. Items that can be brought to Drive Through Drop Off include rigid Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) packaging, coolers, and egg cartons; natural wine bottle corks; tennis balls; inkjet cartridges; cell phones and chargers; small electronics including digital cameras, PDAs, tablets, and game controllers; coffee bags; VHS and audiocassettes, CDs and DVDs; toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and dental floss containers and packaging. In addition, Empire Recycling’s Confidata truck will provide paper shredding and used clothing and textiles will be collected by HELPSY. 

Tim Holmes, Community and Events Manager at Brewery Ommegang said, “We are proud to be partnered with the OCCA this year to host this important event. Furthermore, we understand that strong community participation is what makes these kind of events successful, so we are excited to add a bit of extra incentive by offering a 10% discount at our Tap House café for those who register.” 

The first Drive Through, Drop Off event was held in 2021, a modified version of the collection that had been held at Earth Festival since 2006. More than 5,000 pounds of material were dropped off in 114 carloads. Twenty-six volunteers helped with the event. Drive Through, Drop Off is free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for a time slot to drop off recyclables, visit https://occainfo.org/earth-festival/. Volunteers are also needed to help with the event and can sign up at https://occainfo.org/calendar/earth-festival-drive-through-drop-off-recycling/. 

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit environmental 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 www.occainfo.org 

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