Jun 04

Properly Recycled Materials Out of Our Landfill

Posted on June 4, 2019 at 10:21 AM by Alyssa Eveland

Over twenty-five years and counting. That’s how long Ontario county residents have been sorting glass, metal, paper, and other recyclables, using curbside recycling bins, and disposing of recyclables at our transfer stations. I’m proud of the efforts of our eco-friendly community.

Yet, despite our strong track record for reducing, reusing, and recycling, I am dismayed when residents express the belief that recyclables wind up in the landfill. 

Allow me to break this issue down for you. Quite simply, all properly sorted recyclables processed at our Zero Sort Materials Recovery Facility are shipped to market not to our landfill! National news coverage relative to the lack of markets and thus the disposal of recyclables in landfills is not the full reality. Yes, the Chinese ban related to the acceptance of certain recycling streams has been a hurdle for the recycling industry, however other markets for recyclables are still available and new markets have opened up to help offset this loss. We must continue to stay the course and do what’s right.

It’s important to know that the types of materials that can be recycled changes over time so residents may unknowingly be missing the opportunity to recycle certain items.  We recommend that residents visit our website with regularity to stay on top of what is and is not recyclable. Better yet, register for updates and you won’t miss out on any of our news.  

The site was developed specifically to assist residents with the dos and don’ts of recycling, as well as the hows and the wheres for managing challenging materials such as batteries, appliances, and tires. You’ll find links to videos, answers to frequently asked questions, and information about scheduled disposal events.  Oftentimes, registration for these events is required. 

I encourage you to visit the site – http://ontariocountyrecycles.org – and while you’re there, take a moment to sign up to receive important updates. And thanks for helping to protect Ontario County’s environment.

All the Best,

Carla Jordan

May 10

Keeping Food Out of Recycling Bins

Posted on May 10, 2019 at 11:41 AM by Regina Sousa

Food scraps are valuable, but not in your household recycling bin. Composting organic materials, such as food scraps, reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or at combustion facilities. However, food scraps put in household recycling bins can actually ruin valuable recyclables and those equally valuable food scraps are lost as well. Let’s #RecycleRightNY - don’t cover your recyclables in food! Your plastics want to become clothing, carpeting, and playground equipment and your cardboard wants to become the box for your next doorstep delivery! Food, excess food residue, and liquids in your recycling bin can decrease the value of these items and prevent them from being made into new things. Help improve the quality of your recyclables by only putting items in your household recycling bin that your local recycling program accepts. Visit the DEC's website for more information on #RecycleRightNY and home composting

Apr 04

#RecycleRightNY - Textiles

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 10:07 AM by Regina Connelly

Is your closet giving you a headache? Don’t make it a headache for recycling facilities!

As we welcome the Spring season and closet clean outs, we’d like to remind you to rethink your recycling habits. Tossing your unwanted clothing into your regular household recycling bin creates major issues for the recycling facilities that handle your usual plastic, metal, glass, and paper. When your clothing and other textiles are put in your regular household recycling bin, these items become wrapped around recycling facility equipment, causing expensive machinery jams and compromising worker safety. Not to mention- textiles cannot be recycled in these systems as they are designed to handle bottles, cans, paper, etc., not clothing. Clothing and other worn and torn textiles can be recycled but need to go to a specialized recycling facility with equipment designed for recycling textiles. As long as they are clean, dry and odorless, most textiles can be reused or recycled through specific donation and collection programs. Reused clothing is thrifted and goes to people in need. The items that are recycled are made into fiber for new products like carpet padding, home insulation, and raw material for the automotive industry.

By participating in textiles recovery and recycling you’re helping to save natural resources, reduce greenhouse gases, prevent pollution, and reduce waste from entering landfills where it has no value. It’s also a way to help keep recycling facilities running smoothly and extend the life of valuable materials!

http://ontariocountyrecycles.org/160/Textiles for more information and to find reuse and recycling locations near you.