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Feb 23

Celebrating 40 Years of the Bottle Bill in New York!

Posted on February 23, 2024 at 3:14 PM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

Bottle Bill40 years ago, the Returnable Container Act, commonly known as the Bottle Bill, was enacted in New York State. The law placed a 5-cent deposit on certain beverages in plastic, glass, and metal containers that consumers can return to get their deposit back. This small deposit creates a powerful economic incentive for recycling. Since the Act went into effect, redemption rates have averaged 65 percent for covered containers while non-deposit states only reach about 24 percent. The Bottle Bill further benefits our communities and environment by reducing beverage container litter by 75 percent. 

Items covered by New York’s Bottle Bill currently include glass, metal and plastic beverage containers less than 1 gallon in size which contain carbonated soft drinks, beer and other malt beverages, mineral water, soda water, and water that does not contain sugar. Join us in celebrating this important law!

Adapted from RRNY Resources.

Feb 15

Recycling Update: New Materials Accepted

Posted on February 15, 2024 at 11:09 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

ThermoformWe have some exciting changes to what is accepted with your household recycling to share with you. Thermoform plastics are now accepted. These are clear plastic packages that include berry containers, salad containers, and clamshell containers.

Clear plastic cups are also now accepted with your household recycling. These are cups you might get an iced coffee or other to-go beverage in when you are out and about. Colored plastic cups, like the typical red kind, are not accepted at this time.

What changed? A few things. One is new technology being utilized at the Materials Recovery Facility that allows the sortation of these materials. Second, there have also been upgrades at the plastic processors that allow them to more effectively process this material to be turned into new products.

It always important to remember that recycling changes, what is and is not accepted can sometimes be updated. We’ll keep you informed on our website and by articles on our blog. You can find both at

Feb 08

Upcycled Print Making & Stamps

Posted on February 8, 2024 at 8:42 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

Stamps FinalHere is a project to help chase the mid-winter blues away that uses items destined for the trash or recycling bin. Make a card, decorate a letter, or embellish a journal entry with our stamp and print making instructions below. You can also use this method to make something special for your valentine whether that’s a friend, family member, or special someone. Get together with friends or family to make projects together or set out the supplies in the breakroom at work to brighten up your lunch break.


-tetra Pak* or Styrofoam


-sharp object to trace design (pen, pencil, screw driver, end of paint brush)

-paint or ink

-brush or roller to apply paint or ink

-paper, cardstock, watercolor paper or blank cards


Wash and dry carton or foam tray. Cut into a square or rectangle that is slightly smaller than the paper or card. Use the sharp object, pressingly firmly, to draw the design. You can use different types of sharp tools to get different sizes and types of marks & lines. The final print will be a reverse, so any letters or words would need to be written backwards. You can draw on a thin piece of paper and then flip it over and trace it to help get a reverse design.

Apply the paint or ink. You can use one color or blend multiple colors together. Once the paint or ink has been applied press on to the paper. You may be able to get multiple prints from one application of paint or ink.

You can also cut shapes out of the Styrofoam or tetra Pak to make stamps. Glue the shapes to a bottle cap or cork. Use paint or ink in the same way as above. You can also use a combination of these two techniques to create stamps that have a design imprinted on them.


*Tetra Pak is the container that shelf stable liquids often come in. They are used for broth, soups, and plant-based milks.