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June 21, 2023

Authority Offers Summer Recycling Reminders

Summer is officially here! The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (Authority) would like to share some recycling reminders to make your summer as waste free as possible!

  • Inflatable pools and floats, pool toys and kiddie pools are not recyclable. Please do not place them in your recycling bin or bring them to a plastic film recycling program. If you cannot reuse or repair these items, they go in your garbage bin! Hard plastic kiddie/wading pools can be brought to the Utica or Rome EcoDrop to be recycled as bulky rigid plastic.
  • Disposing of fireworks requires a few extra steps before you put them in your garbage bin. Fireworks can remain hazardous even after they have been lit! To ensure your safety and the safety of workers and our facilities, please take a moment to follow these steps. First, soak the fireworks in water for at least 15 minutes. After soaking, place them in a plastic bag so they do not dry out. The soaked, plastic wrapped fireworks can then be placed in your garbage bin. Fireworks are not recyclable and should not be placed in your recycling bin.
  • Try to avoid single-use items. Disposable plates, cups and silverware are convenient, however they can add up to a large amount of waste pretty quickly. Besides plastic cups, none of these items are recyclable and should go in your garbage. Consider switching to reusable plates, cups and silverware to make your summer get togethers less wasteful and more eco-friendly! You could even challenge your guests to bring “anything but a cup” to see what they can come up with!

In addition to these summer recycling reminders, the Authority would also like to share some safety reminders.

  • Batteries should never be placed in your recycling bin. Whether they are disposable or rechargeable, all batteries have the potential to spark and cause fires. Household non-rechargeable alkaline, lithium and carbon zinc batteries should be placed in your garbage for disposal. Rechargeable batteries such as lithium ion, lead acid, nickel cadmium, nickel-metal hydride, & lithium-ion polymer batteries should be brought to the Authority’s EcoDrops or a participating retailer for proper disposal.
  • Propane tanks are another item that should never be placed in your recycling bin. Even when they are empty, propane tanks are pressurized and can cause explosions when exposed to heat and pressure. The Authority’s EcoDrops accept 1-100 pound propane tanks for proper disposal.

The Authority accepts both rechargeable batteries and propane tanks year round and at no charge. Businesses that have larger quantities of either of these items can contact the Authority at 315-733-1224 for disposal options.

For more information on summer waste reduction and proper disposal of common summer items, please call (315) 733-1224 or visit