May 18

How to Help During COVID - 19

Posted on May 18, 2020 at 7:35 AM by Regina Sousa

How to Help During COVID-19

Less is more - Please be aware - that with more people at home during the #Covid19 response, more residential waste is being generated, putting strain on some waste and recycling collection programs. Litter of disposable masks and gloves is also becoming a problem. Here’s how you can help:

  • Clean in stages. You are encouraged to hold off on any large spring cleaning projects or focus on home organizing and doing smaller cleanouts in stages.
  • Masks and gloves belong in the trash, not the recycling bin. Wear a mask and gloves while you were running a couple of errands? Please don’t litter these items. You can also help keep sanitation workers and waste collectors safe by making sure these items go in the trash and not your recycling bin. Carry a small baggy or container with you when running essential errands that you can put used gloves or masks into if there is no trash can around, and dispose of the used items properly later.
  • Thank your essential sanitation workers who are your trash, recycling, and compost haulers, transfer station operators, recycling coordinators, and other sanitation workers when you can by waving, leaving a note at the curb, calling or sending an email.
  • Receiving more packages to the door? Make sure to collapse your cardboard boxes to save space at home and in collection vehicles.
  • Set it aside. New York residents are being encouraged to reduce non-essential trips out. Some retail stores, drop-off locations, or donation centers may also not be open or accepting items right now. To find out when the next upcoming special collection event is visit the events page: Upcoming Ontario County Special Collection Events
May 11

Ontario County Seeking Community Input on Recycling and Solid Waste Management:

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 1:44 PM by Regina Sousa

You may have seen that the Department of Sustainability and Solid Waste Management has been fielding a survey with Ontario County Residents. This survey is part of a multi-phased strategic planning process that the department is conducting to help define our sustainability and solid waste management priorities for the foreseeable future. It’s important that our efforts reflect the ideas and opinions of our community’s residents and this survey is a way for you to share that input. The results of the survey will be critical to developing strategies and tactics for achieving our recycling and waste diversion goals.

Interested in providing your opinion? There’s still time. The survey will be open through May 15th and can be completed by accessing the link below.

We value your input. If you have questions or comments related to these efforts we encourage you to reach out.

May 05

Composting Awareness Week - No better time to start than now!

Posted on May 5, 2020 at 2:39 PM by Regina Sousa

And not just because its’ Composting Awareness Week. With sheltering at home and social distancing, your at-home food waste is likely increasing. If you’re already a backyard composter than you’re probably already making good use of any extra food waste and know the amazing benefits of composting.

If you aren’t a composter here are some reasons that you might want to start:

  • You can reduce your household garbage by around 20% which will reduce odor causing organic waste at the landfill.
  • You’ll save money. Less waste in your dumpster will cut down your trash bill.
  • It’s great for your plants. You’ll end up with nutrient dense soil-like material for use in your garden.
  • It has a positive impact on our environment. You’ll cut back on your carbon footprint due a reduction in waste and resource consumption like water and fuel.
  • It’s easy!

And soon it will be even easier. Be on the lookout for the County’s Backyard Composting Program for tools and resources to start or continue composting at home.