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Feb 02

YOU have the power to prevent recycling fires!

Posted on February 2, 2023 at 8:59 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

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Calling all New Yorkers — YOU have the power to prevent recycling fires! In 2018, a total of 323 reported fires occurred at waste facilities across the US and Canada, some of these events causing injury and, in some cases, death, to recycling workers and firefighters.

Do your part to protect our communities and keep rechargeable batteries out of household recycling bins. Rechargeable batteries should NEVER go in your household recycling bin with your paper, plastic, metal, and glass. When they get crushed and moved around during transportation and sorting processes, they can catch fire or explode causing dangerous and costly fires in trucks and facilities. Often, these fires are managed with taxpayer dollars, so the next time you are unsure of how to dispose of your rechargeable batteries, think twice!

These materials require separate collection and can be brought to retailers who sell new batteries near you. When properly recycled, rechargeable batteries can be made into renewed items such as silverware, golf clubs, new batteries, or pots and pans. For more information on proper rechargeable battery recycling and recycling locations, visit https://ontariocountyrecycles.org/154/Batteries,  https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/72065.html, or https://www.call2recycle.org/locator/.

Adapted from #RecycleRightNY resources.

Jan 26

Commit (or Recommit) to Reusables

Posted on January 26, 2023 at 2:22 PM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

Reusables finalAnother intention you can set for the new year is to commit to using reusable items instead of single-use disposable items. With a little bit of planning and preparation you can easily incorporate reusable items into your daily routine. You can have a significant impact by cutting your use of single-use items, such as coffee cups, straws, water bottles, coffee pods, and plastic zip top bags.

One great place to start is with your morning coffee routine. Instead of using disposable coffee pods, which are too small to be recycled in Ontario County, can you try one of these other options for making coffee?

  1. Reusable coffee pods- use a reusable coffee pod instead of a disposable one. You can fill it with any ground coffee of your choice. Disposable coffee pods can be pricier than regular coffee, so this option can quickly help to save you money too.
  2. Pour-over- pour-over coffee can be made quickly and easily at home or in the office. The only special equipment you will need is a pour-over cone, regular coffee filters, and hot water.
  3. French-press- a French press is another great option for making coffee at home or in the office. You place the coffee grounds in the carafe, top off with hot water, wait a few minutes, and then press down the built-in filter.
  4. Traditional drip coffee pot- don’t hesitate to dust off that traditional drip coffee pot in the back of the cupboard or pantry. Their ease of use makes them a classic for a reason. The most environmentally conscious choice is always to use something that you already have, instead of buying new.

Don’t forget to compost your coffee grounds and bring your reusable mug if you are grabbing a coffee on the go!

Jan 19

Compost your Food Waste

Posted on January 19, 2023 at 10:53 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

Compost finalThis new year, one of the biggest impacts you can have is to commit to diverting your food waste from the landfill. You can reduce your household garbage by 20% or more by composting. There are so many options for diverting your food waste it has never been easier. You can compost at home in your backyard bin, utilize a drop-off location, or sign up for a curbside service.

If you are interested in backyard composting, we have resources to help get you started here. We will also have backyard compost bins available this spring. We will send out an email to the Special Collections subscriber list once the sale opens. You can sign up to receive emails by visiting OntarioCountyRecycles.org and clicking Notify Me at the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in composting, but not able to or don’t want to at home, you still have some great options to keep your food waste out of the landfill. Click here for a list of drop-off locations and curbside service providers.