OCRRA officials answer your recycling questions
11:26
Ann Fordock: 
Good Morning,
Please ask any holiday recycling questions you may have.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:26 Ann Fordock
11:26
syracuse.com: 
Good morning! OCRRA recycling specialist Ann Fordock is with us and will begin answering your recycling questions shortly. Please feel free to enter questions now.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:26 syracuse.com
11:35
syracuse.com: 
We may be experiencing some technical difficulties. Please email your questions to jmariani@syracuse.com.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:35 syracuse.com
11:35
Ann Fordock: 
Did you realize that we generate 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and New Years? That's A LOT of trash!
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:35 Ann Fordock
11:36
syracuse.com: 
How do I get rid of my Christmas tree?
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:36 syracuse.com
11:41
Ann Fordock: 
Its easy and free to recycle your tree. Many towns and villages accept them at the curb. If not, then you can bring them to OCRRA's compost sites (Jamesville or Amboy) for free. We are open from December 30th- January 11, Mon-Fri 9am-4am & Sat 9am-noon. Remove any garland, ornaments, tinsel, lights and especially the tree stand.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:41 Ann Fordock
11:41
syracuse.com: 
I never know what to do about wrapping paper. Can it go into the blue bin?
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:41 syracuse.com
11:42
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Is wrapping paper recyclable and should you put it in a paper bag and staple shut?
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:42 Guest
11:43
Ann Fordock: 
Wrapping paper is recyclable. Just like your newspaper. But if it is foil or metallic, please trash it. The paper can be loose in the bin and does not need to be in a paper bag.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:43 Ann Fordock
11:44
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
If Aluminum foil is clean I know put it in blue bin! If dirty, put in trash. My question is: If the dirty aluminum foil is put into trash, is it recovered by a magnet and recycled at the Waste to Energy Facility?
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:44 Guest
11:45
Ann Fordock: 
I love your question, yes the foil will still be captured and recycled.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:45 Ann Fordock
11:46
syracuse.com: 
Our technical difficulties are resolved, so go ahead and ask your questions!
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:46 syracuse.com
11:46
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What about the caps on bottles and jugs?
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:46 Guest
11:47
Ann Fordock: 
You can recycle the caps on bottles, but you have to keep the cap screwed on.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:47 Ann Fordock
11:48
[Comment From MichelleMichelle: ] 
Do you take batteries?
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:48 Michelle
11:49
Ann Fordock: 
Batteries in Onondaga Country can be recycled at the OCRRA containers located just inside Wegmans. No special battery bag needed.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:49 Ann Fordock
11:50
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Where do your recyclables go in Onondaga County after putting them out on thr curb in your blue bin at home? Where do your recyclables go in Onondaga County after putting them in a Recycling Dumpster at an apartment complex, business, or school? What should you do if you see a "Trash only" dumpster with lots of recyclables in it in Onondaga County? What should you do if you see your hauler mixing recyclables with trash in Onondaga County? Thanks
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:50 Guest
11:52
Ann Fordock: 
The recyclables from your home go a recycling facility in Liverpool. The same goes for apartments, schools and businesses, most go to the facility in Liverpool or other recycling facilities in the area to be sorted.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:52 Ann Fordock
11:54
Ann Fordock: 
The next question was what should you do if you see a "trash only" with recyclables in it. Please call or email OCRRA and we will be happy to check it out. Same for a hauler mixing the trash with the recycling. We will investigate any such complaints fully.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:54 Ann Fordock
11:54
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What about gift bags, are they recyclable?
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:54 Guest
11:57
Ann Fordock: 
Gift bags are very reusable, so first I'd say reuse it if you can. If not please only recycle the ones that are all paper. No foil, no fuzzy trim, no cloth or plastic handles, just throw those ones out.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:57 Ann Fordock
11:57
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
People put recyclables in the trash all the time. What can you do to stop them? Isn't trashing recyclables against the law?
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:57 Guest
11:59
Ann Fordock: 
Yes, throwing out mandatory recyclables is a violation of our local recycling law. OCRRA tries to educate non-recyclers about why they should recycle and how easy it is. You can always let us know about a non-recycler and we will try to help.
Thursday December 26, 2013 11:59 Ann Fordock
12:00
[Comment From CJCJ: ] 
What should be done with the plastic bags from various toys or electronic items? Some have recycling logos on them, some do not.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:00 CJ
12:01
Ann Fordock: 
Clear plastic bags can be taken back to retail outlets, most have a plastic bag collection box when you walk in. But please no plastics bags in the blue bin.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:01 Ann Fordock
12:03
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What happened to recycling since the Syracuse Recycling and Recovery Fire?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:03 Guest
12:04
Ann Fordock: 
The recycling has not been changed since the Syracuse Recycling and Recovery fire in East Syracuse. The Waste Management Recycle American facility in Liverpool now sees most of the counties recyclables.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:04 Ann Fordock
12:04
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Tissue paper is trash! Right?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:04 Guest
12:04
Ann Fordock: 
Yes, tissue paper is trash!
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:04 Ann Fordock
12:05
[Comment From DaleDale: ] 
I got a new treadmill for christmas. What can I do with the old one? Will they take that at the transfer station, or should I give it to someone to salvage the scrap metal?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:05 Dale
12:08
Ann Fordock: 
Does the treadmill still work? Cause in that case I'd donate it or place it on Craigs List. If the treadmill is no longer useable, you could certainly call Roth or Metallico or Weistmen to see if they will accept it or pay you something for the metal. Otherwise yes, it is acceptable for the transfer station to dispose of as trash, but there will be a flat rate vehicle fee.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:08 Ann Fordock
12:08
[Comment From AdelleAdelle: ] 
Styrofoam?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:08 Adelle
12:08
Ann Fordock: 
Styrofoam is trash.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:08 Ann Fordock
12:09
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Is the plastic that comes with many toys (ie dolls, hot wheel cars) recyclable? I know the cardboard is, didn't know about the plastic.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:09 Guest
12:10
Ann Fordock: 
I think the plastic you are referring to is the stuff that comes molded around the toys. That is trash. The only plastics you can put in the blue bin are #1 & #2 bottles or #5 tubs.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:10 Ann Fordock
12:10
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
#5 plastics question: what about the lids that come with them that are #2 plastic?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:10 Guest
12:12
Ann Fordock: 
The lids that are on #5 tubs are usually wide and flat, such as a country crock or cottage cheese containers. These lids are trash as they end up as contamination in the paper at the recycling facility.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:12 Ann Fordock
12:13
[Comment From NoahNoah: ] 
What do I do with an old mp3 player? Are they considered electronic waste?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:13 Noah
12:15
Ann Fordock: 
An old mp3 player is definitely electronic waste and there are many places locally to recycle it. Best Buy, Bruin Electronics and Newtech Recycling are a few but if you go to www.OCRRA.org and search electronics you will find even more. The recycling of the item should be free.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:15 Ann Fordock
12:15
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What happens if trash is put into blue bins or recycling dumpsters?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:15 Guest
12:16
Ann Fordock: 
If trash is placed in recycling dumpsters or blue bins, the hauler might be forced to dump the whole container as trash because its far to contaminated to sort out.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:16 Ann Fordock
12:16
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
We got a TV for Christmas. Can I put the old one out on the curb?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:16 Guest
12:20
Ann Fordock: 
Please no TV's to the curb! Right now you can take your TV for free to Best Buy or Tech Reworks in North Syracuse.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:20 Ann Fordock
12:21
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What about the wrappers on Hershey's kisses candy? Looks like aluminum?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:21 Guest
12:22
Ann Fordock: 
The herseys kisses wrapper, I'm not sure if it actually is aluminum. When in doubt, throw it out.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:22 Ann Fordock
12:23
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Wegmans DOES recycle! However they do not have bins for $6 meals containers there. They are recyclable as they are #5 Plastic. Wegnans trashes them. Can OCRRA speak then them about that as well as other #5 Plastics that they do not recycle?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:23 Guest
12:24
Ann Fordock: 
Thank you for the wegmans comments, I will have our business recycling specialist talk to them. They are doing a great job with the recent addition of composting food waste so this is just another opportunity to increase recycling. Thank you!
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:24 Ann Fordock
12:24
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What do I do with old Christmas tree lights?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:24 Guest
12:26
Ann Fordock: 
Broken christmas lights, they can be taken to Lowes for Free recycling through January 4th
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:26 Ann Fordock
12:26
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What about C&D dumpsters containing cardboard and other recyclables?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:26 Guest
12:27
Ann Fordock: 
C&D dumpsters filled with cardboard and other recyclables? You should call OCRRA and will have an enforcement officer look into it.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:27 Ann Fordock
12:27
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Where do recovered metals go for recycling from the Waste-to-Energy facility? Metalico, Roth Steel, etc?
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:27 Guest
12:30
Ann Fordock: 
The metals from the Waste-to-Energy, I believe it changes with each bid. I am not sure who has the bid at the moment. If you'd like to call OCRRA next week I will be happy to track down that answer for you. 453-2866.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:30 Ann Fordock
12:30
syracuse.com: 
That's all we have time for, folks. Thanks for joining us and posing such terrific questions, and thank you, Ann, for answering them.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:30 syracuse.com
12:33
Michelle Breidenbach: 
If you have any more questions please leave it in the comments and I will try and get back to you as soon as I can. Or you can call OCRRA at 453-2866. Thank you.
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:33 Michelle Breidenbach
12:33
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Thanks Ann for all your answers! You were great!
Thursday December 26, 2013 12:33 Guest
 
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