The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Manufacturing new products requires raw materials and energy. As a result, reusing is one of the most effective ways you can conserve natural resources, energy and landfill space.
The Authority encourages reuse before disposal. There are various locations and organizations in Oneida and Herkimer Counties that accept used items as a donation for reuse or recycling.
Some acceptable items include clothing, books, furniture, household items and more. Certain organizations will arrange for the pickup of donated items.
Please click on the links below to find lists of acceptable items for donation.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Utica) - http://restoreoneidacounty.org/donations/
CNY Veteran's Outreach Center (Utica) - http://cnyvoc.org/donate/
The Salvation Army (Utica) - https://satruck.org/Donate/choose
The Rescue Mission of Utica - http://www.uticamission.org/donate/ways-to-give/
The Rescue Mission of Rome - http://romemission.org/?page_id=2206
Goodwill-HARC Store & Donation Center (Herkimer) - http://www.herkimerarc.org/page/goodwill
Freecycle - https://www.freecycle.org/browse/US/New%20York
If your organization would like to be added to the above list, please click here to contact us.
Additionally, if you are looking for industrial materials or have industrial materials that can be repurposed, please visit http://repurposedmaterialsinc.com/. This company buys and sells a variety of materials and equipment for repurposing.