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Oct 28

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 10:57 AM by Regina Sousa

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Every year, after we pack our costumes away and polish off that last piece of Halloween candy, we’re faced with a choice, how do we dispose of our rotting pumpkins? Well last year, Ontario County residents decided to bring 3.25 tons of them to our pumpkin composting events.

Composting your pumpkins helps ensure they aren’t adding weight to our bins or taking up wasted space in our landfills. Not a composter? Just bring your old pumpkins to one of three convenient locations on Saturday, November 9th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

We’ll do the dirty work at:

Town of Victor Transfer Station
60 Rawson Road, Victor

Town of Geneva Transfer Station
32 White Springs Road, Geneva

Ontario County Parking Lot
Corner of Ontario and Pleasant Street, Canandaigua

Sign up here to be notified of all future recycling events.

Oct 15

Sustainable Gift Giving from My Home to Yours

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM by Regina Sousa

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You know the holiday season will be upon us in the blink of an eye. Some stores already have their full Christmas regalia in place.  I’m still deciding on a Halloween costume, but if you’re one who likes to get a leg up on gift giving, here are a few Earth friendly gift giving ideas that put the planet first. 

First of all, try to avoid items that are laden in plastic wrapping and pieces. Plastic wrapping is unnecessary and needlessly clogs up landfills.   

Secondly, consider alternatives to traditional wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy receiving a nicely wrapped gift, but less says more when it comes to protecting the planet. Make sure the wrapping paper you use is recyclable. When you recycle paper from gifts you’ve received, be sure to remove the tape, ribbons and bows, which are not recyclable.

Here are some gift-giving ideas for your consideration:

  • Cloth bags. With the single use plastic ban set to take place March 1 2020, sturdy cloth bags make a highly functional gift just about anyone who grocery store would appreciate. 
  • Eco-friendly water bottles. There are a lot of nice alternatives available on the market in a wide variety of price points.  
  • Metal or glass straws. Plastic straws are the pariah of single use plastics. If you’ve got a smoothie drinker on your gift list, a set of metal or glass straws will be a hit gift.
  • Handmade gifts. Food, crafts, beverages, any gift from the heart and hands are especially appreciated. Upcycled gifts. Products made from 100% recycled and reclaimed materials are abundant and make great gifts. I’ve seen wine glasses made from recycled car window glass, candle holders crafted from wine barrel staves, jewelry from recycled metals, and on and on.   

Naturally, the Internet is loaded with eco-friendly gift ideas.  Do your research there, but when it comes to buying, I encourage you to support local merchants. Shopping local is great for our region’s economy and means less packaging materials will wind up in our landfill.

Oct 10

Electronic Waste Collection Event!

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 10:44 AM by Regina Sousa

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In the U.S. we are focused on making sure our technology is cutting edge so why are so many of us still disposing of it the old way?

Every year, 9.5 million tons of electronics get thrown away every year in the U.S. and only 12.5% of e-waste is properly recycled. Don’t have your old cellphone, computer monitor, or microwave be the next to join the landfill party.

In Ontario County we try to make it easy for residents to make the smart choice.  If you’ve got outdated or broken electronics taking over your attic, basement or garage, make sure you PRE-REGISTER for our October 19th Electronic Waste Collection Event at the Casella Recycling Facility.

Space is limited so call 585-394-3977 x427 to reserve one of the 500 spots today.

For more information on recycling events check out our Events Page or head over to the E-Waste Materials page to learn more about the impacts of improperly disposed of electronics.