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Seasonal hazardous waste recycling open at Utica facility, new "bulky plastic" program debuts

By NICOLE PITT

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority opens up it's Household Hazardous Waste Facility for the season.

Residents can bring unused paint, used motor oil, pesticides and any other household chemicals to the facility on Leland Avenue in Utica free of charge. Businesses must call ahead and make an appointment.

If you plan on bringing old paint to the facility, there is a 14 gallon limit per visit. It's not the actual can that is being recycled, it's the old paint. If you have a paint can with a very small amount of paint leftover, take the top off, let the paint dry and throw it out in the regular garbage. "We recycle the paint and that is usually recycled into foundation paints. A lot of the chemicals are incinerated and things like motor oil and gasoline are actually reused as a fuel," said Recycling Coordinator Jamie Tuttle.

"A couple things to think about is when you are bringing down your household hazardous waste we never want you to mix two things together and if you can have them labeled," said Tuttle.

The Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority is also unveiling a new recycling program for "bulky rigid plastics" at both the Utica and Rome locations. There is a dumpster set up at the facility for items like old plastic lawn chairs, cat carriers, large plastic toys, old playground sets, garbage cans, and old coolers among other items. Tuttle stresses these bulky items must be taken to either the Utica or Rome facility-- not left out by the curb.

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is only at the Utica location. They are open Monday - Friday from 8am-4pm and on Saturdays from 7am-2pm.

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