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September 11, 2018

CNY Green Cycle Achieves RecycleOne Business Certification

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is pleased to announce that CNY Green Cycle, LLC., has obtained the Authority’s RecycleOne Business Certification. 

CNY Green Cycle is a weekly food scrap collection service owned and operated by Melissa Shupp. Shupp started this business to reduce the amount of food waste sent to the landfill. She currently collects kitchen scraps from residents and some small businesses and delivers them to a local farm for composting. 

The RecycleOne Business Certification requires an on-site review from Authority staff to verify that specific solid waste management, recycling and energy reduction criteria have been achieved. If the criteria have been achieved, the Authority will issue the facility or business an official RecycleOne Business Certification

This certification is free and available to businesses located in Oneida and Herkimer counties. Accepted businesses will receive RecycleOne logos and updated quarterly recycling information. In addition, they will be featured as a RecycleOne business on the Authority website and will be eligible to win the Authority’s annual Recycling Champion award. 

CNY Green Cycle has endeavored the following to qualify for the RecycleOne Business Certification

  • CNY Green Cycle has diverted 12,200 pounds of food waste from the landfill (as of 9/6/18)
  • Weekly curbside pick-ups for many Oneida-Herkimer residents
  • CNY Green Cycle picks up food that cannot be donated from Bagel Grove, in Utica, NY
  • Food scraps are all delivered to a local farm and added to that farm’s compost pile 

“The future of trash is Recycling. For years we have been recycling plastics, glass and more, but I have recently discovered our future is recycling food scraps,” concluded Shupp. 

“Shupp is a passionate entrepreneur. Food scraps are often the heaviest portion of municipal solid waste, and so diversion of this material has considerable environmental benefits. We are happy to award CNY Green Cycle with this certification,” says Emily Albright, Authority Director of Recycling. 

Recycling in the workplace not only helps the environment, but can be economically advantageous by allowing for lower costs for waste removal and possible revenues from recycling. The program also encourages social responsibility, positive public response and sustainability. 

For more information on the Authority’s RecycleOne Business Recycling Program, contact Emily Albright, Director of Recycling, at (315) 733-1224 ext. 1600 or visit to download the RecycleOne Business Recycling Program Guide.