Jul 26

Are you a Wish-Cycler?

Posted on July 26, 2018 at 10:35 AM by Regina Connelly

Are you a Wish-Cycler

Raise your hand if you’ve put something in the recycling bin because you’re sorta sure that “it should be recycled.” We’ve all been there, standing in front of the bin with something in our hand that we’re not completely sure about, but toss it in, “just in case.” You gotta err on the side of caution and the facility can sort it out — right?

Well, not entirely…

This practice is called “Wish-cycling” and while it’s done with the best of intentions, can actually do more harm than good. Recycling operations survive by collecting, sorting, and then selling recycled material. This is typically done in batches, and if a non-recyclable item finds its way in, it can contaminate the entire batch.

Here are some commonly Wish-cycled items that cannot go into your curbside recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags or wrap (shopping, food storage, etc.)
  • Food or drink pouches
  • Batteries
  • Shredded paper
  • Textiles (clothing, rags, etc.)
  • Drinking glasses
  • Glass storage containers/jars
  • Electronics
  • Plastic garden pots
  • Loose bottle caps
  • Paper towels, tissue paper and wax paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Light bulbs
  • To-go coffee cups (wax lined)
  • Keurig K-Cups/similar

Most recycling facilities rely on complex machinery to sort and process our recyclables. These machines are designed to recognize and divert a specific set of items — namely, the items accepted by your local recycling program. When things like plastic wrap, shredded paper, or bottle caps get tossed in with proper recycling items, they can jam up the machinery. It’s not uncommon that workers need to shut down the machines and spend few hours fixing these issues, which minimizes their capacity to recycle more items.

Getting familiar with the requirements of Ontario County’s recycling program will help you make the most of your good intentions. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have!

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.