Jul 12

Save Money with Composting

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 10:28 AM by Regina Connelly

Save Money with Composting

When it comes to gardening, composting can help you dig into the soil, and not your wallet! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, compostable materials account for more than half of our country’s waste. Composting offers a great alternative to store-bought compost and mulch, and with a little extra work, these organic materials can result in significant savings.

Household organics that you can compost include:

  • Fats, oils and grease
  • Food scraps
  • Food-soiled papers (but nothing coated with wax)
  • Shredded paper
  • Yard trimmings

Composting these items into rich soil that can be used in your gardens is a great way to give them a new purpose and keep money in your pocket. The DEC has a great guide for getting started, if you wanna check it out, simply click here!

Jun 28

Pet Medication Disposal

Posted on June 28, 2018 at 10:20 AM by Regina Connelly

Pet medication Disposal

Just like us humans, our pet’s medication can go unused; and the disposal of this unused medication is just as important to the safety of man, as it is beast. Medication should never be flushed down the toilet, or re-purposed for another animal. The safest and easiest way to dispose of expired or unwanted mediation is through one of Ontario County’s two free collection days, or through the medication drop-box program.

When you’re ready to dispose of it, be sure to keep the medication in the original containers they came in, or in something similar. Mixing Liquid and tablet medications may cause a chemical reaction that could cause a fire. And if you have any used needles such as those used for the administration of insulin, they will need to be disposed of in appropriate “sharps” bins to make sure no one gets stuck. Your vet may be able to supply you with these containers, which can then be returned to them for collection and incineration.

To learn more about the county’s unused medication collection days, or find the nearest drop box, simply click here. And as always, if you have any questions, you can always contact us for more information. 

Jun 15

What Exactly is E-Waste?

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 9:09 AM by Regina Connelly

What Exactly is E-Waste

Electronic waste (or E-Waste) is loosely defined as consumer and business electronic equipment that has reached the end of its useful life. These can be hazardous when improperly thrown away, as many contain some form of harmful materials such as mercury and lead. And because almost all e-waste items contain some form of recyclable material (like plastic, glass and metals) not turning them in for proper disposal is totally a missed opportunity!

E-waste is created from anything electronic:

  • Audio equipment
  • Cameras
  • CD players
  • Cell phones
  • Circuit boards
  • Computers (laptops and desktops)
  • Computer mice
  • Copiers
  • Fax machines
  • Gaming devices
  • Monitors
  • MP3 players
  • Printers
  • Projection equipment
  • Receivers and transmitters
  • Servers
  • Speakers
  • Stereos
  • Tablets
  • Televisions
  • VCRs

To help make it easier for you to dispose of these items, visit the Electronics Waste page to find places to repair your broken electronics and also where you can drop-off your unwanted electronics.