OCCA is pleased to continue providing opportunities for recycling hard-to-get rid of items at Earth Festival. Please review the list carefully, and follow all directions about what you can bring, and how you should bring it. If you have any questions, call the office! Check back often, this list is likely to expand!
Glass and ceramics, sponsored by Casella Resource Solutions: Glass jars, bottles and jugs; glass from windows, doors and mirrors; drinking glasses; ovenware and ceramic dishes, bowls, mugs, plates; Pyrex; porcelain toilets and sinks. NOTE: Items MUST BE empty, clean and dry. Caps & lids may be left on bottles and jars. Remove window and mirror frames PRIOR to drop-off. Remove as many fittings from sinks and toilets as possible prior to drop-off. NO porcelain-enameled cast iron or stainless steel, please, sinks must be ALL porcelain. WE WILL REJECT ANY ITEMS THAT DO NOT MEET THESE CRITERIA. This material will be brought to Ruby Lake Glass in Springfield.
Styrofoam, sponsored by the Otsego ReUse Center: Clean, white Styrofoam (Expanded Polystyrene Foam, EPS) will be collected once again. The following types of EPS will be accepted: rigid EPS packing material; coolers; foam egg cartons of any color. Please make sure all items are clean and dry, remove any tape or labels, and bring in a clear plastic bag. Please do not include any of the following: Colored foam (except for egg cartons); soiled food or beverage containers; foam meat trays of any color; foam core boards; foam packing peanuts; open celled ‘springy’ foam. Styrofoam collection will be outside the building and will be taken to the Otsego ReUse Center.
Helpful hint: EPS usually has a ‘beaded’ appearance, and should have a recycling triangle with a #6/PS located somewhere on it.
TerraCycle Items: OCCA continues to participate in the TerraCycle recycling program. Bring the following TerraCycle items inside to the OCCA recycling tables in the gym:
Dental Care items: Used toothbrushes (not electric) and toothbrush packaging; empty toothpaste tubes and caps; empty dental floss and dental tape containers and packaging.
Writing Implements: Used pens, markers, and highlighters; used mechanical pencils. Please, no crayons or lead pencils.
Wine Corks: Natural corks from wine bottles only.
Chip Bags: Empty bags from family and individual-sized potato chip and snack bags.
Planet Green Items: The following items are collected and sent to Planet Green Recycling. OCCA receives a small amount of money for these items: used inkjet cartridges; cell phones; small, handheld electronics up to tablet size; digital cameras; GPS units. Please place inkjet cartridges in plastic bags or in original packaging to prevent leaks. No toner cartridges, desktop telephones, answering machines, laptops, printers, etc., please!
Document Shredding: Empire Recycling will offer free document shredding through their Confidata service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The truck will be parked outside. We ask that each household brings no more than five boxes for shredding.
Compact Discs and Jewel Cases: These will be sent to the CD Recycling Center of America.