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SEEKING: Information on recycling "aseptic" packs -- those lined, waxy cardboard boxes that soups, beverages, and sometimes milk come in. Any thoughts or resources you can share?
BREAKING NEWS September 2012: St. Lawrence County ONLY now accepts aseptic packages as well as milk, juice, and broth cartons!
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Many Thanks to the staff at DANC for their help in putting together this information - please check their website www.NorthCountryRecycles.org for the most up to date information on issues in our County (St. Lawrence - but they also deal with Clinton & Lewis Counties.)
REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE REFUSE REDEFINE RESPECT
INDEX of PAGE CONTENTS:
Acceptable Items for Recycling
Items NOT Accepted for Recycling
Recycling (& Landfill) Locations
Hazardous Waste Collection
Recycling Locations for Rechargeables
DEC Open Burning Regulations
Reduce * Reuse * Recycle For Kids
Single Use (Alkaline) Batteries
The Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence County transfer stations have just recently started accepting all single use batteries for recycling. The counties have now found a recycling opportunity with a metal recycling company, according to the Development Authority of the North Country (5/11/2012) .
At the homeowner level, you should not put these batteries in the recycle bin for the trash collector to take. They must be kept separate and either delivered to any county recycling facility (see links below) or to one of the six yearly household Hazardous Waste collection events held throughout the area (see notice below).
The Hazardous Waste collection events advertise that single use batteries are NOT allowed, which is true to an extent -- they (the hazardous waste company hired by the County) will only collect rechargeable, not single use batteries. However, the County will be in attendance and WILL take your single use batteries for recycling -- so be sure you get them to the right entity at these events.
Safety First: Always take care with these batteries that they are stored in such a way that the ends cannot come in contact with each other -- it is possible this can start a fire!
Good to Know: Since-1996, the amount of mercury has been greatly reduced (to less than 10% of the previous amounts apparently) but there is still some small amount of mercury in alkaline batteries. Some alkaline batteries have zero-added mercury, and several mercury-free, heavy-duty, carbon-zinc (or zinc-carbon) batteries are on the market. Check the labels. No ADDED mercury does not mean NO mercury, by the way!
From Wiki: When introduced in the 1960s, alkaline batteries contained a small amount of mercury amalgam to control side reactions at the zinc cathode. Improvements in the purity and consistency of materials have allowed manufacturers to reduce the mercury content in modern cells. Unlike other types of batteries, alkaline batteries are allowed to be disposed of as regular domestic waste in some locations. This, however, may not be [NOTE: the SLP would say "is" not "may"] environmentally friendly, as some alkaline batteries produced before 1996 contain mercury.
For example the state of California has deemed all batteries as hazardous waste when discarded, and has banned the disposal of batteries with other domestic waste. In the US, one company shreds and separates the battery case metals, manganese and zinc. Another company mixes batteries in as a feedstock in steel making furnaces, to make low-grade steel such as rebar; the zinc fumes are recovered separately. In Europe battery disposal is controlled by the WEEE regulations, and as such alkaline batteries must not be thrown in with domestic waste. They should be disposed through local recycling stations/waste dumps. In the EU most stores that sell batteries are required by law to accept old batteries for recycling. End Wiki.
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One last thought on the issue? What you don't buy in the first place does not need to be recycled. Recycling is better than NOT, but it is perpetuating a system of consumption that's not sustainable.
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Plastic Bag Monster, Slovenia
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS FOR RECYCLING
St. Lawrence, Clinton & Lewis Counties
See also the ELECTRONIC WASTE section below for items that can be returned to retail locations and for information on recycling them at local transfer stations.
Single Use Batteries: Alkaline, Lithium
Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware
2535 State Highway 68
Canton, NY 13617
St. Lawrence University
92 Park Street
Canton, NY 13617
Kinney Drugs Inc
40 State Highway 310
Canton, NY 13617
Triple A Do It Best|
25 Commerce Ln
Canton, NY 13617
- Home Depot
- Radio Shack
- Best Buy
- Victim's Assistance Center of Jefferson County, Inc. - Accepts used, unwanted cell phones (with battery chargers) and ink/toner cartridges. Call (315) 782-1823 for more information.
- Beutel Metal Recyclers
- Altmire's Auto Parts
Hazardous waste collection days (above) are the only other place we know of that accepts rechargeable batteries.
It is illegal to put rechargeable batteries in the landfill trash or basic recycling; they must go to a specified site.
Cell phones are usually re-conditioned for programs to provide phones to the home-bound, soldiers, etc.
You can follow the process below to return items to the manufacturer, which may be the more environmentally friendly way to go (assuming some possibility for re-use by the manufacturer?)
Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence County transfer stations are
registered with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as
collection sites for the electronic equipment covered by the law (see below). They
accept the covered electronic equipment at no cost to residents during
business hours -- however, they must be separated from normal household trash and recycling.
Hazardous waste collection days (above) also
accept electronic waste. It would appear that this would be the option for recycling electronic waste that cannot be returned to the manufacturer and that is not accepted by transfer stations under the law (if your item is not on the list of materials "covered" by the electronic waste law.)
Recycle Your Electronic Waste -- Return to Manufacturer -- in Three Steps:
- Go to the DEC's list of electronic equipment manufacturers registered in NYS (PDF) (189 kB), to find manufacturers, their brands of covered electronic equipment, websites and toll-free telephone numbers.
- Find the manufacturer's brand of equipment you wish to recycle, and click on that manufacturer's website link or call its listed toll-free telephone number.
- Follow the specific instructions listed on the manufacturer's website or provided over the telephone. The manufacturer will provide information on how to recycle your equipment, free of charge. (shipping fee may apply)
New York 2010 Electronic Waste Law:
The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (39 kB), requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers in the state. It was signed into law by the Governor on May 28, 2010.
Electronic Equipment Covered by the Law:
- Cathode ray tubes
- Small scale servers
- Computer peripherals (including any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into the computer peripheral.)
- Electronic keyboards
- Electronic mice or similar pointing devices
- Facsimile machines, document scanners, and printers (only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.)
- Small electronic equipment (including any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into the small electronic equipment.)
- Digital video recorders
- Portable digital music players
- DVD players
- Digital converter boxes
- Cable or satellite receivers
- Electronic or video game consoles
Manufacturers' Responsibilities to their Consumers:
Manufacturers must provide free and convenient collection to most NYS consumers. Manufacturers may use a variety of collection methods, which means there might not be a physical collection location in your community. Any of the following collection methods may be used:
- mail or ship back return programs;
- fixed acceptance locations such as retail stores, sales outlets, not-for-profit organizations, or municipal facilities;
- community collection events; and
- any combination of these or other acceptance methods which are reasonably convenient to consumers in the state.
The Law requires a manufacturer of covered electronic equipment to accept:
- electronic equipment for which it is the manufacturer; and
- one piece of electronic waste of any manufacturer's brand if offered by the consumer with the purchase of covered electronic equipment of the same type by a consumer.
Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66872.html
(Scroll to bottom of link page for FAQ's)
Electronics Recycling Carbon Footprint Calculator E-Waste
Interactive online tool to help calculate the benefits of recycling electronics.
Local Recycling Resource E-Waste
A great place to upload what you accept
Here is a link to the DEC web page with FAQs.
Have you ever wondered how much waste you create every day? If you’re anything like the average person in America, you produce about 4.3 pounds of waste per day. That’s equal to one big pair of men’s hiking boots in your trash every day! Now, multiply 4.3 pounds by the 323 million people in America. That’s 1.3 billion pounds of waste thrown away in America every single day.
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http://www.northcountryrecycles.org the website for DANC in Watertown. MANY THANKS to them for their support in making this webpage happen!
http://readme.readmedia.com/DEC-New-Electronic-Waste-Law-Takes-Effect-January-1/3191868 D.E.C. State Law
http://earth911.com Informational Site
www.casella.com 1-800-690-3219 or 315-265-3860
http://www.co.st-lawrence.ny.us/Departments/SolidWaste St. Lawrence Solid Waste Dept