In order to provide as many environmentally sound recycling and disposal options for residents of Oneida and Herkimer Counties, the Authority has two facilities: EcoDrop Utica and EcoDrop Rome. These facilities were designed to work jointly with a wide range of public and private waste collection systems by providing convenient disposal options for special or one-time waste, while also providing an option for residents who may not be able to subscribe to a specific collection system.

Acceptable Material

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    Auto Batteries
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    Bulky Rigid Plastics
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    Electronics Light Bulbs Books
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    Paint & Chemicals
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    Propane Tanks
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    Scrap Metal
  • Recyclables

    (Paper, Plastic, Metal, Glass)

  • Tires

    With and Without Rims

  • Electronics

    (Computer Equipment, Televisions, Printers)

  • Household Garbage
  • Green Waste
  • Bulky Rigid Plastics

    (Plastic Lawn Furniture, Clean Plastic 
Buckets, Plastic Toys, etc.)

  • Garbage/Bulk Items

    (Furniture, Mattress, Chair, Table)

  • Automobile Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries
  • Scrap Metal

    (Pots & Pans, Bicycles, etc.)

  • Appliances

    (Stove, Washing Machine, Dryer)

  • Used Motor Oil, Anti-Freeze
  • Cooking Oil

Residential Fee Schedule

Recyclables (Paper, Plastic, Metal, Glass)

No Charge

Food2Energy Organics (Per 35-gallon clear bag)


Per Ton $40.00

Household Garbage (Per 35-gallon Bag)


Per Ton $60.00

751 lbs. to 1,000 lbs.


501 lbs. to 750 lbs.


251 lbs. to 500 lbs.


0 lbs. to 250 lbs.


Construction & Demolition Debris

Per Ton $58.00

751 lbs. to 1,000 lbs.


501 lbs. to 750 lbs.


251 lbs. to 500 lbs.


0 lbs. to 250 lbs.


If garbage/C&D is not bagged or containerized, it must be weighed in and out.

Bulk Item(Sofa, Chair, Table)

Per Item $5.00

Appliances (Stove, Washing Machine, Dryer)

No Charge

Appliances with CFCs (Refrigerator, Freezer, Air Conditioner)

Per Item $10.00

Tires Up to 20” (Off rim)

Per Tire $2.50

Tires Up to 20” (With rim)

Per Tire $4.50

Green Waste Drop Off (Bagged or Car Load)

No Charge

Green Waste Drop Off (Truckload/Trailer)

$15.00 Per Ton

Automobile Batteries(Paper, Plastic, Metal, Glass)

No Charge

Empty Propane Tanks/Cylinders (Less than 100 lbs.)

No Charge

Used Motor Oil, Anti-Freeze

No Charge

Electronics (Computer Equipment, Televisions, Printers, etc.)

No Charge

Bulky Rigid Plastics

No Charge

Please note: All loads must be tarped, a $10 fee will be assessed.

Rates are applicable to residents only. Businesses should call the Authority office at 315-733-1224 for rules, regulations, and rates.

Cash, Personal Check, and Credit Cards are accepted. (MasterCard, VISA, and Discover only). There is a $25 fee for all returned checks.

Household Hazardous Waste

Many household products can be potentially harmful to people and the environment. When these products are disposed of improperly, they can become hazardous.

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority has a special Household Hazardous Waste Collection at its EcoDrop Utica for receiving, sorting, packaging and storing household hazardous waste material.

This facility is designed to serve Oneida and Herkimer Counties’ residents and select businesses. There is no charge for residents to drop off household hazardous waste. Household Hazardous waste is accepted April 1st - September 30th.

Services for Select Businesses

Small quantity hazardous waste generators in Oneida and Herkimer Counties that are considered conditionally-exempt may use the EcoDrop Utica facility. These include small businesses, schools, and farms. Businesses of all sizes can arrange to drop off certain universal wastes such as fluorescent bulbs and batteries. To obtain approval, call the Authority’s Main Office at 315-733-1224.

What Types Of Household Hazardous Waste Are Accepted?

This facility gives you the opportunity to dispose of many unused, unwanted or outdated products. The following are acceptable materials:

ECODROP UTICA ONLY Seasonally Accepted (April - September)

  • Chemistry Sets
  • Cleaning Solvents & Degreasers
  • Cooking Oil & Grease From Deep Fryers*
  • Fertilizers
  • Furniture Stripper
  • Glues/Sealants
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides & Pesticides 
(Including those banned, such as DDT and Chlordane)
  • Kerosene
  • Oil-Based & Latex Paints
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Unusable Gasoline
  • Sharps* (Syringes and lancets must be placed in puncture-proof plastic container)
  • Rust Preventatives & Removers
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Polishes
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • Paint Thinners
  • Oven Cleaners

ECODROP UTICA & ROME Accepted Year-Round

  • Anti-Freeze
  • Automobile & Motorcycle Batteries
  • Electronics & Computer Equipment (Television Sets, VCRs, Fax Machines, Computers, Monitors, Printers, Toner, Ink Cartridges, and other electronics)
  • Empty Propane Tanks/ Cylinders (less than 100 lbs.)
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Motor Oil & Oil Filters
  • Rechargeable Batteries

*Items Accepted Year-Round Only in Utica.

Household alkaline batteries should be placed in your garbage for disposal.

Previously, alkaline battery disposal posed an environmental threat because of the mercury content. Since mercury has been phased out of battery production, single-use alkaline battery disposal has become simpler and safer, and such items should be placed in your garbage.

What Products Are Currently Not Accepted?

  • Hardened Paint (This is a garbage item)
  • Explosives
  • Pharmaceutical Wastes (Prescription Drugs, Controlled Substances)
  • Empty Paint Cans (These are garbage items)
  • Empty Containers From Any Waste
  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive Wastes

Hazardous Waste Can Be Minimized

  • Learn about the products you use, and about nontoxic or less toxic alternatives.
  • If you must buy potentially hazardous products, purchase only what you need and use them up. Try sharing products to ensure the entire quantity is used. If possible, give leftover paints to a community group.
  • Use only the amounts recommended on the label. Twice as much pesticide won’t kill twice as many pests, but it can cause more problems for the environment.
  • Check containers to see if they have deteriorated. If so, safely dispose of them and the materials before the containers start to leak.
  • Read labels carefully, observe precautions for use and storage, and follow recommendations for disposal.
  • Never bury waste, dump it along the side of the road, or pour it into a drain or storm sewer.
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Bulk Electronics

Electronics Recycling Program

Acceptable electronics may be delivered to the Authority’s EcoDrop Utica or EcoDrop Rome facilities year-round, free of charge. Many electronics contain elements such as lead, mercury, and cadmium that are considered safe when the items are used as directed, but can be hazardous if disposed of with household trash and compacted at landfills. If improperly handled, these toxins can be released into the environment, posing a threat to human health.

The Authority accepts electronics from businesses, individuals and other generators year-round. After the Authority accepts electronic waste, it is sent to a registered electronics dismantler who will separate the electronics into various raw materials such as plastic, glass, steel, copper, lead, gold, and aluminum for recycling or reuse. For more information visit Businesses and institutions must schedule an appointment prior to delivery by calling 315-733-1224.

What Types Of Electronics Can Be Recycled?

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority gives you the opportunity to dispose of many unused, unwanted, or outdated products. The following are examples of acceptable materials:

  1. Answering Machines
  2. Computer Keyboards
  3. Fax Machines
  4. Sewing Machines
  5. Battery Chargers
  6. Computer Mice
  7. Fish Locators
  8. Small Kitchen Appliances
  9. Calculators
  1. Computer Scanners
  2. GPS Devices
  3. Stereos
  4. Camcorders & Video Equipment
  5. Computer Speakers
  6. Holiday Lights
  7. Telephone & Cellular Phones
  8. Cash Registers
  9. Computer Cords & Cables
  1. Printers
  2. Television Sets
  3. Cassette Tape Players
  4. Desktop & Large Floor Copiers
  5. Printer & Toner Cartridges
  6. Two-Way Radios
  7. CD Players
  8. DVD, Blu-Ray & VCR Players
  9. Paper Shredders
  1. Typewriters & Word Processors
  2. Computers
  3. Electronic Gaming Systems
  4. Radios
  5. Video & Film Projectors
  6. Computer Hardware
  7. Electric Fans
  8. Record Players
  9. Computer Monitors
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Green Waste

Green Waste Compost

Residents may deliver green waste and purchase compost at the Authority’s EcoDrop Utica or EcoDrop Rome facilities.

Solid waste/recycling laws adopted by Oneida and Herkimer Counties in 1988 require the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority to compost green waste.

We urge Oneida and Herkimer County residents to compost, in addition to the recycling programs already in place. Composting organic material is just as important as glass, plastic, metal, and paper recycling. All of these efforts help reduce our reliance on landfills.

Composting is nature’s way of recycling and can be done easily at home with backyard compost piles or bins. The Authority also operates a green waste composting facility that produces finished compost for the residents of Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Finished compost is nutrient-rich and fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil.

Finished Compost Available

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    Bulk Compost

    Pay At Scale House

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    Pay At Scale House

In addition to dropping off green waste, residents may purchase Authority compost at both EcoDrop Utica and EcoDrop Rome. The compost is made from green/yard waste only. It makes a great soil amendment for gardens and landscape applications. Compost can be purchased in convenient 45 lb. bags, or in bulk (pick-up truck or trailer required, we load).


Bags(1.2 cubic feet)

$2 per bag

3 bags for $5

Bulk Loads (Pick-up or trailer)

Small Load (Up to 2 buckets)


Full-Size Load (3 buckets)



Bagged or Car Load

No Charge


$15 per ton

EcoDrop Utica 80 Leland Ave Extension Utica, NY 13502


EcoDrop Rome 575 Perimeter Rd Rome, NY 13440