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April 13, 2008

Earth Week 2009

This has been a long and arduous winter for Oswego County. After six months of snow, the buds are finally beginning to emerge on trees and shrubs, the songbirds are returning, and patches of lawn are turning green. I hope you are able to set aside some time over the next few weeks to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful parks and waterways and the rich natural resources that we enjoy in Oswego County.

Again this year the county Environmental Management Council has organized an energetic agenda for Earth Week, April 18 through 26. Families, individuals, schools, civic groups, and friends can take part by choosing an area to clean up and beautify. Last year hundreds of students, adults and public officials all over Oswego County cleaned up hundreds of acres along our rivers, road sides, parks and playgrounds. Their work was truly inspiring and I am very proud of their commitment to protecting our environment.

The EMC is encouraging all of us to select an area to clean up again this year. Again this year, the Oswego County Buildings and Grounds Department is providing trash bags for people that need them and the county Solid Waste Department will accept roadside litter collected by local cities, towns and villages. Work gloves have been donated by Novelis. Safety vests are also available through the EMC. To participate, call Dick Drosse, EMC Earth Week Coordinator, at 343-4565.

The New York State Canal Corporation and Parks and Trails NY are sponsoring the fourth annual Canal Clean Sweep April 18 and 19. Several citizens took part in this effort last year up and down the Oswego River. People that are interested in joining this effort should contact the Canal Corporation at (518) 434-1583 or Dick Drosse at the above phone number.

There are several ways all through the year that we can conserve our resources by recycling and properly disposing of the waste we generate. I am very happy to announce that the county's permanent household waste collection facility is scheduled to open in just a few weeks. The facility at the Bristol Hill Landfill in Volney will accept a variety of pesticides, herbicides, household cleansers, and other hazardous materials. The collection facility will be open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m., May 6 through Sept. 30.

When the County Legislature amended the local solid waste law in December, they made it easier to recycle many items in Oswego County. Instead of separating papers and other materials, all of the following items can now be placed together in one container: brown paper bags, corrugated cardboard, drink boxes, dry food boxes, empty aerosol cans, gift wrap, cards, glass bottles, juice cartons, junk mail, magazines and catalogs, milk cartons, newspapers and inserts, office paper, pizza boxes, and plastic containers types 1 through 7.

Several other items can be recycled at the transfer stations if they are separated. Residents should follow the posted instructions for dry cell batteries, old computers and televisions, other electronics, motor oil, scrap metal including pots and pans, metal appliances, lawn mowers, bicycles, and aluminum siding, used clothing, yard waste and compost.

Oswego County transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are located at Bristol Hill, 3125 NYS Route 3, Volney; 1167 County Route 7, Hannibal; 1391 U.S. Route 11, Hastings; 700 E. Seneca St., Oswego; and 100 County Route 2A, Pulaski.

The transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Sticker and punch card sales and weigh scales close -hour before the transfer stations close.

For more information, call the Department of Solid Waste at 591-9200, or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/dsw.shtml.

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