Step 3: Oneida-Herkimer and Beyond
The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (OHSWA) manages the entire waste stream of both Oneida and Herkimer counties. Nearly every day a truck from Hamilton brings loads of waste to the plant in Utica. All garbage from this plant is shipped to the High Acres landfill near Rochester, NY, while all recyclables are processed on site. A smaller convenience station allows residents to bring carloads of materials to a separate, smaller location. In addition, OHSWA collects paints, pesticides, fuels such as propane, lubricants like motor oil, old antifreeze, and other harmful liquid chemicals.
Single stream processing and advanced sorting equipment markets a higher grade of recyclables, increasing the Authority's efficiency and revenue. OHSWA receives no tax money to fund their operations and uses the sale of recyclables to maintain and expand their operations. This allows OHSWA to provide a variety of services.
Materials sorted at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority are sent to factories, where new materials are manufactured, or to landfills for deposition. The OHSWA gives communities like Hamilton the opportunity to manage waste streams effectively. We need to do all we can to take advantage of this wonderful tool to save money, energy, and the environment.