The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority has reached a milestone.

The Authority has recycled over one-million tons of material since the opening of its recycling center in 1991.

Officials say that's equivalent to the weight of over 3,100 Statues of Liberty and has extended the life of the local landfill by over 20 years.

“The fact that we have achieved over 1 million tons recycled is a testament that our system works. Residents and businesses in the two Counties do a great job recycling and the volume of recyclables delivered to the Oneida-Herkimer Recycling Center each year makes it clear that this community truly sees the value of the Authority’s regional recycling program,” stated Authority Executive Director Bill Rabbia. “Despite the plummets in global commodity markets, our comprehensive system allows us to continue to recover material for recycling, thus conserving landfill space, natural resources and energy.”

The Authority accepts hundreds of items through its curbside recycling program, RecycleOne.

  • Curbside recyclables include, but are not limited to:
  • Corrugated & Lightweight Cardboard
  • Paper (newspaper, junk mail, office paper, magazines)
  • Plastic Bottles, Cups & Containers (excluding Styrofoam, prescription medicine bottles & motor oil bottles)
  • Metal & Aluminum Cans/Foil (including empty, non-hazardous aerosol cans)
  • Glass Bottles & Jars

You can find the full list of acceptable materials at ohswa.org.