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Recycling at Hamilton

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Step 1: Single-Stream Recycling

Step 2: Collection by Physical Plant

Step 3: Oneida-Herkimer and Beyond

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.

Hamilton transports its waste to OHSWA.
Hamilton transports its waste to OHSWA.
Recyclables are placed on conveyor belts to enter the recycling facility.
Recyclables are placed on conveyor belts to enter the recycling facility.
To begin post-sort, large rotating disks separate cardboard into a separate conveyer belt, leaving paper, mixed papers, glass, and plastic on the conveyer belt.
To begin post-sort, large rotating disks separate cardboard into a separate conveyer belt, leaving paper, mixed papers, glass, and plastic on the conveyer belt.
 Next, sorters pull out leftover cardboard and trash before another set of rotating disks separate paper from the mixed recyclables.
Next, sorters pull out leftover cardboard and trash before another set of rotating disks separate paper from the mixed recyclables.
 After paper is segregated from plastic, glass and metal, sorters separate any leftover trash once more.
After paper is segregated from plastic, glass and metal, sorters separate any leftover trash once more.
On the conveyer belt, magnets repulse metal containers and lids onto a separate conveyer belt while optical sorters with infrared lights separate different types of plastics. An eddy current segregates nonrecyclable items and aluminum by forcing aluminum
On the conveyer belt, magnets repulse metal containers and lids onto a separate conveyer belt while optical sorters with infrared lights separate different types of plastics. An eddy current segregates nonrecyclable items and aluminum by forcing aluminum
After completely separating and packaging recyclables OHSWA is able to sell this material to companies who produce products from recycled materials.
After completely separating and packaging recyclables OHSWA is able to sell this material to companies who produce products from recycled materials.
After completely separating and packaging recyclables OHSWA is able to sell this material to companies who produce products from recycled materials.
After completely separating and packaging recyclables OHSWA is able to sell this material to companies who produce products from recycled materials.
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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.

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