April 5, 2024

Extra! Extra! Read all about it. OCRRA’s Spring 2024 Newsletter covers several topics as you get ready for spring cleaning. While the registration deadline has already passed, the cover features information about last year’s OCRRA Earth Day Litter Cleanup, with a nod to the ladies in the Baldwinsville Garden Club. If your group wants to provide photos for OCRRA to share on our platforms in the future, an image waiver must be signed and emailed (scan or photo) with the photo(s) to [email protected]. Please provide a brief caption summarizing the name of the group, the cleanup location and acknowledgment that individuals in the photo have signed the waiver. Only photos with fully signed waivers will be considered.

Page 2 of our newsletter features spring gardening disposal tips, a fun match game that helps you learn what belongs in the recycling and trash bins, and a look back at some of our amazing community connections in recent months.

Learn where to drop off batteries for recycling in Onondaga County on page 3. OCRRA’s battery drop-off kiosks feature clear labels to help you sort batteries. Recycling Rhoda also provides great tips to avoid wishcycling. There are several ways to get answers to disposal questions and Rhoda creates a helpful road map.

A spread on pages 4-5 delves into the world of textiles (including clothing and various fabrics). The world of fast fashion is full of lightning fast trends. Consumers are replacing “disposable” outfits more often. See an EPA chart that shows where textile waste has ended up in recent decades. Also, find six tips to reduce your own textile waste. Donations are one option to reuse unwanted clothing. The Rescue Mission and Salvation Army describe their process for sorting and selling clothing donations to support local programs. OCRRA goes behind the scenes in a video on our YouTube page.

Find reminders about new hours for the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Program in 2024 on page 6. The Question of the Quarter explains why putting meat in your home compost pile won’t work even though OCRRA can manage meat at our compost sites.

On page 7, hear from OCRRA’s Executive Director, Kevin Spillane, about recycling v. the circular economy. Under the current linear economy, raw materials are constantly extracted from the earth to make new products that are eventually thrown away. A circular economy aims to prevent waste and pollution from the start with a system that is fueled by reuse and regeneration.

Finally, on the back cover, get a peek at the new bag design for OCRRA Premium Compost. Each bag is made with 25% recycled material and contains 1 cubic foot of 1/4″ screened compost. Looking for some compost to put in your garden? It is also available by the trunk load or cubic yard. Find prices, locations and hours for our compost sites on page 8. Ready to get reading? Click here to find the digital version of OCRRA’s Spring 2024 Newsletter.