May 19

NYS Postconsumer Paint Collection Program

Posted on May 19, 2022 at 10:33 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

NYS Postconsumer Paint Collection Program

The New York State Postconsumer Paint Collection Program began on May 1, 2022. Help your state conserve resources, keep paint out of the solid waste stream, and prevent the improper disposal of paint in your community by visiting PaintCare sites accept all brands of leftover house paint, stain, and varnish, whether recently used or many years old. For more information, see the poster below or visit our website.Info PaintCare 1

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May 13

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle While You Spring Clean

Posted on May 13, 2022 at 8:52 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

RRNY_Spring_Cleaning-01Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle While You Spring Clean

It’s time for some Spring cleaning! But before you start throwing everything into trash bags, it’s important to remember that everything we own requires natural resources to produce, and many of the things we might consider trash can be reused, repaired, and recycled. While it can be tempting just to get items into trash bags as quick as possible, reducing the amount of waste you create while spring cleaning can be very rewarding.

Some items are recyclable but require special drop-off programs with different systems to recycle them and will not be recycled if placed in your home recycling bin. Some of these items include electronics, rechargeable batteries, textiles, paints/stains*, and film plastics like plastic bags.

No cords, wires, light strands, rope, or other tanglers belong in your recycling bin. This is because they twist up in the sorting equipment causing dangerous and costly jams. Before you toss it, can you reuse it in some way? Check online for ways to upcycle damaged hoses. Can that rope be used around the house or garden for another project?

*stay tuned next week for more information about the new NYS paint collection program!

 Adapted from #RecycleRightNY resources

May 03

Recipe for Regeneration: Compost

Posted on May 3, 2022 at 9:41 AM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

CAW PosterCompost Awareness Week- Recipe for Regeneration: Compost

It’s Compost Awareness Week and our backyard compost bin sale is open from May 2 to May 22. Visit for details.

The theme for Compost Awareness Week is Recipe for Regeneration. So, let’s get things cooking. Just like cooking up your favorite recipe in the kitchen, composting is as simple as adding the right ingredients. We’re here to share the recipe!

The first ingredients are a mix of browns and greens. Using a suggested 3:1 ratio of carbon-rich browns and nitrogen-rich greens, let the decomposing process start. Other proportions of browns to greens can still create good compost but may decompose more slowly.

Greens are your nitrogen source and include food scraps (such as fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, tea bags, and old bread), fresh grass clippings, fresh weeds, and manure. Browns are your carbon source and include fallen leaves, shredded paper, wood chips, and straw. Browns also provide structure for the pile, allowing air to flow more freely.

The next ingredient in the compost recipe is air and it is one of the most important ingredients. Compost microorganisms need oxygen to function! While not necessary, turning or mixing your compost pile twice a month will add more air and speed up the breakdown in your pile. You can also allow for natural airflow through your pile by adding in sticks and woodchips.

The final ingredient in the compost recipe is water. Composting works best with the right amount of moisture. Your compost pile should be as damp as a wrung-out sponge. Don’t be afraid to water your compost pile from time to time. Pro Tip: If your compost pile is starting to smell, there may be too much water. Mix in some browns such as leaves or woodchips and turn the pile.

What does your compost recipe not call for? You should not include meat, fish, dairy, fats and oil, plants treated with pesticides, weeds, or pet waste in your compost pile. Just as the best dishes call for the best ingredients, you want to make sure you don’t add materials to your pile that can ruin your compost or attract pests along the way.

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