Food2Energy program removes food waste from landfill

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority now has a facility that takes food and converts it to energy, removing the about 22% of the waste from the Regional Landfill.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 1:11 PM

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority now has a facility that takes food and converts it to energy, removing the about 22% of the waste from the Regional Landfill.

The tipping fee for garbage in Oneida and Herkimer counties is $62 per ton, but the tipping free for Food2Energy is $40 per ton.

Acceptable materials include:

  • All meat and fish (including bones)
  • All fruits and vegetables
  • Bakery waste, including dry goods like flour
  • Cafeteria food scraps, plate scrapings
  • Cereals and grains
  • Coffee filters
  • Dairy products
  • Expired food
  • Food processor byproducts
  • Liquids like milk, soda or beer
  • Packaged food waste
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Paper bags
  • Paper ice cream containers (metal rim is OK)
  • Paper napkins, tissues and paper towels
  • Paper takeout boxes and containers
  • Pet food
  • Pizza boxes
  • Restaurant food scraps

For more information on the program, click here.

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