Contact

Ellen Pratt
Materials Recovery Manager

pratte@co.tioga.ny.us

Telephone:
607-687-8274

Location & Phone

477 Route 96
Owego, NY 13827

Main Phone:
607-687-8274

Barton Transfer Station

The Barton Transfer Station located at 1216 Route 17C is open. It is privately owned and operated. Their hours of operation are Tuesday thru Saturday 7am – 12pm. They can be contacted by phone at 607-565-8170.

Recycling Matters

The difference that recycling makes is a big deal and it starts with small actions.

Recycling supports local jobs and helps keep prices lower on the goods you buy every day.  It conserves energy and produces less pollution, protecting our environment.

Tioga County Solid Waste Department provides a convenient and economical method for Tioga County residents to divert recyclables from landfills through our County-Wide Curbside Recycling Program.  Please see "Programs & Information" below for additional information such as our curbside recycling and household hazardous waste programs.  Please check this page regularly for updates on recycling and waste programs.

Partial funding for recycling, waste reduction and household hazardous waste programs is provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

  News

2017 Tioga County Stream Cleanup

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Programs & Information

For information on ASBESTOS please visit the EPA's website at http://www2.epa.gov/asbestos#4

COMPOSTING IS EASY!

Over 20% of our community's waste isn't really waste at all; it’s compostable organic material like food and yard waste. If each of us does our part, we could reduce our waste substantially.

Composting will keep items such as:

Grass Clippings

Yard Trimmings (old plants, wilted flowers, small pruning)

Leaves

Vegetable & Fruit Scraps

Coffee Grounds

Tea Leaves

Wood Chips

out of the waste stream and transforms these “wastes” into humus-rich material that can contribute nutrients and beneficial life to soil, improve soil structure and prevent runoff that can pollute rivers and lakes.

For more information on starting your own backyard composting or improving your home composting checkout the following Tioga County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension website

 

WE HAVE MADE IT EASIER TO RECYCLE!

No more sorting recyclables. Just place all your recyclables together in your recycling bin. They are separated at a state-of-the-art recycling facility located in Tioga County.

 

WHAT AND HOW TO RECYCLE

PAPER RECYCLING

Newspaper, Magazines, Catalogs

Junk mail and Office paper

Telephone books, Soft cover books, Hard cover books with cover removed

Greeting cards, Wrapping paper

          • No metallic wrapping paper

CARDBOARD

Corrugated Cardboard

 Single Layer cardboard

          • cereal & tissue boxes, egg cartons

 Gable Top Milk and Juice Cartons

 

DO NOT RECYCLE:

NO-Waxed cardboard

NO-Food scraps or other contaminants. NO-Soiled paper NO-Foil/Metallic wrapping paper NO-Styrofoam egg cartons NO-Tissues NO-Napkins NO-Paper Cups NO-Paper Plates PLACE THESE IN YOUR TRASH

 

CONTAINER RECYCLING (Please Rinse Thoroughly)

GLASS: bottle and jar form only

          • Clear

          • Brown

          • Green

PLASTICS: BOTTLE AND JUG FORM ONLY

          • with the recycling symbol # 1 - 7

 Rigid Plastic:

          • 5-gal buckets and flower pots

          • Recycling tubs

          • Dish drainers

          • Plastic cups and bowls

          • Plastic hangers and chairs

          • Toys and etc…

 

METAL

Tin and aluminum cans Clean aluminum foil Clean aluminum pans Completely empty aerosol cans

 

DO NOT RECYCLE:

ABSOLUTELY NO PLASTIC BAGS OF ANY KIND Please recycle plastic grocery bags at your local grocery store

  • This includes grocery bags, department store bags, Ziploc bags and garbage bags

NO-Feed, Pet Food Pellet or Coal Bags

NO-Styrofoam NO-Light bulbs NO-Automotive Fluid Containers NO-Glasses or Cookware NO-Glass Plates PLACE THESE IN YOUR TRASH

 

NEED A NEW RECYCLING BIN?

If you have been missed or need a replacement bin, please call us at (607) 687-8274.

 

RECYCLING SCHEDULE

MONDAY: TOWN OF OWEGO, including Kings Point, Lincolnshire and Ridgewood developments and Apalachin

TUESDAY: TOWNS OF CANDOR AND SPENCER, including Willseyville and Anderson Hill. Also Tioga Terrace

WEDNESDAY: TOWNS OF TIOGA AND NICHOLS. Also Village of Owego.

THURSDAY: TOWN OF BARTON, including Lockwood and Village of Waverly

FRIDAY: TOWNS OF RICHFORD, BERKSHIRE & NEWARK VALLEY. Also Village of Candor and Route 96 in Candor

NO COLLECTION ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Arrangements are available for residents with special needs. Please call our office so that we may help. If you have more than will fit into one bin, it is acceptable to place the overflow in a cardboard box alongside your bin.

 

Bins are County property and are to remain at their original location. If you move, leave the bin for the next occupant (You may label them with your address only, in permanent marker).

 

Putting your recycling out the night before your pick-up day may prevent being missed.

The Recycling Department offers several opportunities for teachers, organizations, and individuals to learn about recycling and waste reduction. We can tailor a presentation to fit the needs of your group or class.

School lessons and presentations can be taught on a variety of topics relating to waste reduction, natural resources extraction, low cost backyard composting, and to the basics of landfills and Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). Presentations can be adapted to focus on a particular school subject or curriculum standard making recycling education easy and accessible for interested teachers.

By teaching children about the recycling process early, recycling can become a life value. Additionally, when we teach children, we also reach adults-parents, teachers and other members of the community.

Schedule an Educational Program

Fill out this form and we will be in contact with you. Please note that spring is a very popular time of year for recycling education so programs should be schedule as far in advance as possible.

Introducing Tioga County Solid Waste’s Electronic Recycling
WHERE: TAYLOR GARBAGE TRANSFER STATION, 352 GLEN MARY DRIVE, OWEGO
WHEN: Monday - Friday 7 am — 4 pm, NO SATURDAYS
(please check-in at the office first)
WHO: FREE TO ALL TIOGA COUNTY RESIDENTS
(proof of residency required)
 
Items Accepted:
  • Computers / Laptops / Small Scale Servers / Tablets / E-readers

You should erase personal information before recycling.

  • Televisions / Monitors

Limit of 3 “Tube Style” TV’s / Monitors Per Month

NO Limit on Rear Projection or Flat Screen TV’s / Monitors 

  • Cathode ray tubes
  • Mouse / Keyboard / Cables / Cords / Chargers
  • Cell Phones / Radios / Cameras
  • Fax Machines / Scanners / Printers

Only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.

  • VCRs / DVRs / DVD Players / Radios
  • Cable or satellite receivers (including digital media receivers)
  • Video game consoles & Accessories
  
Electronic equipment NOT included (Please check with office for alternative methods of disposal):
  • Any motor vehicle or any part thereof
  • Household appliances such as clothes washers, clothes dryers, refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, ovens, ranges or dishwashers
  • Any electronic equipment that is intended for use in an industrial, research & development, medical or commercial setting.
 
 
Please Note:  You can still bring your Televisions / Monitors and other Electronic waste to one of the Household Hazardous Waste designated collection days.  See dates and how to participate under Household Hazardous Waste Program.
 

Please Note: For more descriptive directions to clean up a small mercury spill please go to the Environmental Protection Agency website at http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html

You might wonder what makes a light bulb so dangerous. Fluorescent lamps and mercury thermometers contain a small amount of an element called mercury. Mercury is a toxic substance that accumulates in the environment when items containing mercury are broken or thrown away. Mercury has been found in fish at levels of concern, resulting in fish consumption advisories throughout the State. Medical research has shown that exposure to unacceptable levels of mercury can cause neurological damage and attack your vital organs. New York State environmental law severely limits disposal of fluorescent bulbs in the trash. It also bans the sale of mercury-added novelty products and mercury-fever thermometers and requires new labeling and proper disposal or recycling of mercury-added consumer products. The law also prohibits primary and secondary schools from purchasing or using mercury.

Household Fluorescent Blubs

Residents that have old fluorescent bulbs hanging around the house have several disposal options:

  • Tioga County partnered up with Taylor Garbage Transfer Stations, 352 Glen Mary Drive, Owego 607-687-6710 for year-round Fluorescent Bulb Drop-Off program.
  • Valu Home Center, 1149 State Route 17c, Owego, 607-687-6800
  • Home Depot, Johnson City, NY or Lowe's, Vestal, NY (They accept CFLs only; the small "twirly" kind).

Note: This program is limited to residents. Businesses can find alternate disposal locations or on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/9089.html.

NYS Environmental Law

The State's law requires the following:

  • Purchase and use of elemental mercury by primary and secondary schools is prohibited after September 4, 2004.
  • Sales of mercury thermometers are restricted after January 1, 2005.
  • Sales of toys or novelty products containing mercury are prohibited after January 1, 2005. (A product is not a mercury-added novelty solely on the basis that it is a game with a light screen display containing mercury, or includes an easily removable battery containing mercury.) A manufacturer that produces or sells mercury-added novelties shall notify retailers that sell mercury-added novelties about the product ban and inform them of how to properly dispose of the remaining inventory.
  • Sales of elemental mercury, except for specific research, dental and manufacturing uses are limited after January 1, 2005.
  • Products containing mercury must be labeled after July 12, 2005.
  • Waste products containing mercury must not be incinerated after July 12, 2005.
  • After July 12, 2005, waste products containing mercury must be managed separately from other solid waste. Fluorescent lamps from households and small businesses (100 or less employees and discarding 15 or less waste lamps per month) are exempt from these disposal restrictions.
  • Recommendations on reducing mercury pollution in New York State will be made by an advisory committee appointed by the Governor and the State Legislature. The committee will be required to report on the extent and health effects of mercury contamination, methods and costs associated with reducing risks from mercury contamination and other related topics.

Three national companies, GE Lighting, Philips Lighting, and Osram Sylvania manufacture low mercury fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescents and high pressure sodium lamps. These bulbs should be available through any local company that is a distributor of commercial lighting products.

Household hazardous waste is unusable home and garden products, which contain hazardous chemicals. Examples are pesticides, fertilizers, household cleaners, oil-based paints, oil-based driveway sealers, and pool chemicals.

The improper use, storage or disposal of household hazardous waste may pose a risk to the health of humans, animals and the environment.

To reduce these risks, Tioga and Broome Counties have worked to include Tioga County residents in the use of Broome County’s permanent Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. Wastes will be packed and shipped by trained personnel and disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE -

Print and bring the letter above and BRING IT with you on any of the days the Household Hazardous Waste is scheduled.

2017 DESIGNATED COLLECTION DATES

April 5, 8 & 22 May 3, 6 & 20
June 3, 7 & 17 July 5, 8 & 22
August 2, 5 & 19 September 6, 9 & 23
October 4, 7 & 21 November 1, 4 & 18

 

Between 7:30 am and 11:30 am to the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at the Broome County Nanticoke Landfill, 286 Knapp RD Nanticoke, NY 13902.

Please do not bring hazardous waste to the Barton Transfer Station.

There is NO CHARGE to use the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility on DESIGNATED COLLECTION DATES.

MATERIALS ACCEPTED:

- Household cleaners and floor care products - Oil Paints, solvents, stains polishes and varnishes
- Pool and photography chemicals - Computers, monitors, printers, laptops
- Mobile phones, pagers and microwaves - Keyboards, radios, stereos, modems
- Up to 3 TV’s & 3 monitors per resident - Pesticides and fertilizers
- Televisions, VCRs, fax machines, copiers - Fluorescent bulbs
- Driveway sealers - Unknowns

 

The list in the document below is not all inclusive and does not constitute an endorsement or approval by Tioga County or provide any assurances with regard to the quality of services provided.

 

How to Dispose of...

Have leftover or expired medications, and don’t know how to dispose of them? Do not flush them down the toilet or throw them out!

Pharmaceuticals are very hard to filter out once they are in the environment and persist for a very long time.

Unwanted medications (no sharps) can be brought to a permanent collection boxes located at:

 

Tioga County Sheriff’s Office

Medication Drop Box is located in the main lobby of the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office at 103 Corporate Drive, Owego, NY. The drop box is available Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Needles, lancets, other “sharps” and liquids are not accepted.

 

Village of Waverly Police Department 

Medication Drop Box is located at the Village of Waverly Police Department located at 32 Ithaca Street, Waverly, NY. The drop box is available Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM.  Needles/Sharps are not accepted

 

Sharps and Needles

Household Sharps Disposal Guidelines

Follow the below guidelines when storing sharps until they can safely be disposed of.

DO

  • Place used Sharps in a sharps container. Containers can be purchased at the local drug store. If you do not have a sharps container use a plastic bottle that cannot be broken or punctured, such as a detergent bottle. Screw cap on & tape cap. Write “SHARPS” on the container. Bring to a designated drop-off location that accepts sharps.
  • Place sharps in container directly after use. Keep container closed and away from children and pets. Store in a secure location.
  • When traveling bring container with you.

 DON'T

  • Don’t put sharps containers in the trash.* 
  • Don’t clip, bend or put the cap back on used sharps
  • Don’t put loose used sharps or used sharps container in with the recyclables
  • Don’t put used sharps in soda cans, milk cartons, glass bottles or containers that can be broken or punctured. Coffee cans are not safe because plastic lids come off easily, leak and can be punctured.

 

*Used sharps containers can be placed in the trash only if access to a drop-off is not available

 

Sharps Disposal Locations

For a full listing of local sharps disposal locations visit New York State Directory of Community Sharps Collection Sites

Locations in Tioga and surrounding counties

CLICK HERE FOR WHAT TO DO WITH NEEDLES

 

Mercury is a shiny, silvery liquid metal that can cause serious health problems -

Liquid mercury vaporizes (evaporates) at room temperature causing elevated levels of mercury in indoor air. Mercury vapor is not irritating and has no odor, so people do not know when they are breathing it. Even the small amount of mercury from a broken thermometer can cause harm, especially to children, unless it is properly cleaned up and removed.

Mercury health effects -

  • Breathing small amounts of mercury vapor can harm the nervous system of unborn babies, nursing infants, and children.
  • Breathing larger amounts of mercury vapor can cause irritability, tremors, or memory loss; shortness of breath; respiratory & eye irritation; chest pain; high blood pressure; kidney damage.

Know where mercury may be found in your home -

Mercury may be found in thermometers, thermostats, blood pressure units, barometers and gas pressure regulators. Exposure to mercury can occur when people handle or play with the liquid metal, or when a measuring device breaks and mercury beads scatter onto floors or other surfaces. Spilled mercury is very hard to clean up, especially if it rolls into cracks and crevices, or if it is on fabric, upholstery or other porous material.

If you have old mercury thermometers or thermostats hanging around and you’re not sure what to do with them, you have several options.

1. Mercury Thermometers and Thermostats may be properly disposed at through the Tioga County Hazardous Waste Program.

Mismanaged mercury can be toxic and under certain circumstances can have highly detrimental effects on the nervous system. Removing mercury thermometers from the trash or the sanitary sewers is of considerable benefit to the environment.

2. Click on the following website for a list of other locations that accept THERMOSTATS in the community.

http://www.thermostat-recycle.org/

What you should do immediately after a mercury spill -

Avoid contact with the spilled mercury until you decide who will be cleaning it up - you or a professional. In general, you can clean up a small mercury spill yourself, such as from a fever thermometer or thermostat. This fact sheet provides a step-by-step guide on pages 3-4 on how to do the cleanup.

The New York State Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation recommend that a trained professional, such as a hazardous waste contractor, do the cleanup whenever the amount of mercury spilled is greater than what is typically found in a fever thermometer or thermostat. In other words, if the amount of mercury spilled exceeds 3 grams or about the size of a green pea, a trained professional should do the cleanup.

Avoid spreading spilled mercury!

  • Never use a vacuum cleaner, mop or broom to clean up a mercury spill.
  • Avoid walking through the spill area.
  • Take children and pets to another room. Leave any clothing or footwear that came into contact with the spilled mercury in the affected room. If possible, close the doors of the room with the spilled mercury to keep vapors from spreading.

If the amount of mercury is more than what is in a thermometer - consider the following:

  • Stay out of the room until you begin the cleanup. If you cannot clean the area immediately, cover the spill and surrounding area with plastic. You can use one or more trash bags, overlapping side by side, to cover the beads until you can clean the spill.
  • Lower the room temperature, if possible, to reduce evaporation of mercury.
  • Shut down or close off vents that could spread mercury vapors to other areas.
  • Open exterior windows to ventilate any mercury vapors to the outdoors. If possible, place a fan in a window to blow the vapors out but avoid breezes that might blow the mercury vapor back indoors or into other nearby residences. You can run a bathroom exhaust fan or a cooking stove hood but only if it vents outdoors and only if it is located in the same room as the mercury spill.

Decide who will do the cleanup - you or a professional?

If the spill is... more than the amount in a mercury fever thermometer or thermostat, or if it is widely scattered, or if the spill is on carpeting which cannot be thrown out, or on upholstered furniture, or other porous items that cannot be bagged... you should call a trained professional. Check your telephone Yellow Pages under "Environmental engineers" or “Engineering services".

If in doubt... contact your local health department or others listed at the end of this fact sheet for more information.

Plan ahead if you have mercury-containing items in your home - get a Mercury Spill Kit

Mercury spill clean-up kits are available for purchase from laboratory equipment suppliers (some are listed in the box to the right). Carefully follow all the directions provided in the kit.

These mercury spill kits generally contain powders and suction devices. Additionally, it is recommended that you collect the items listed below and keep them with the kit.

List of what can be used to clean up a mercury spill:

  • latex or vinyl gloves
  • flashlight
  • zipper-type plastic bags (several)
  • plastic trash bags (at least two)
  • wide tape (masking, duct or clear)
  • paper towels
  • eyedropper
  • two index cards or pieces of stiff cardboard
  • sulfur powder (see below for details)
  • water to moisten paper towels

Sulfur powder (also called flowers of sulfur) can be purchased from agriculture supply stores, garden centers, and some pharmacies. For questions about the type of sulfur powder used during mercury spill cleanup, please contact the New York State Department of Health at 518-402-7810 or 800-458-1158.

Mercury Spill Kit Suppliers

  • Krackeler Scientific 800-334-7725
  • Lab Safety Supply 800-356-0783
  • Cole-Parmer 800-323-4340

For schools and businesses only:

  • Fisher Scientific 800-766-7000
  • Mallinckrodt/Baker 800-582-2537
  • Sigma Aldrich 800-325-3010
  • VWR Scientific 800-932-5000

For schools only:

  • Flinn Scientific 800-452-1261

WARNING

  • NEVER use a vacuum cleaner, mop or broom to clean up a mercury spill. Heat from the vacuum cleaner's motor will increase the amount of mercury vapor in the air. Mops and brooms will spread the mercury, making proper clean up more difficult. The vacuum cleaner, mop or broom will become contaminated with mercury.
  • NEVER use a washer or dryer to clean clothing that became contaminated with liquid mercury. The washer and dryer can become contaminated with mercury. If these items are contaminated with mercury, they are very difficult to clean and may have to be disposed as hazardous waste.

Practical Information about mercury

A mercury spill usually forms several pools and many beads of mercury. Mercury does not stick to most materials other than some metals. Mercury beads roll very easily, often scattering long distances from the original location of the spill and getting into cracks and crevices where it can be very difficult to remove them. Cleaning up a mercury spill requires patience and attention to detail to recover the mercury and to limit your exposure to toxic mercury vapors.

Before you start to do a mercury spill cleanup!

At this point, you should have read the previous sections in this fact sheet that describe a small mercury spill, what you should do immediately after a mercury spill and what you need to know if you decide to do the spill cleanup yourself. The following section is a general step–by–step guide on how to clean up a small mercury spill. You should complete each of the following steps to recover the spilled mercury and remove the contamination. Any mercury not removed will continue to be a source of potentially harmful mercury vapors.

In this technology-driven age, an increasing number of Americans are turning to online search engines rather than print phone books, yet yellow pages companies continue to drop unwanted directories on residents' doorsteps throughout the country. Unwanted directories are not only a nuisance but also a waste: each year the industry uses an estimated 4.68 million trees worth of wood fiber, or 14 football fields’ worth of forest per day. They are also a burden on local governments, who pay nearly $60 million annually to recycle or dispose of unwanted phone books.

By opting out of receiving phone books, your community can quickly reduce its environmental footprint and send an important message to publishers about wasteful distribution. In fact, every 100 unwanted phone books removed from printing and distribution reduces greenhouse gas emissions equal to nearly 2,000 miles driven by a passenger vehicle.

How Can Residents Opt Out?

It’s free, easy, and takes just 3 minutes! All residents need to do is click on "Opt Out Today" button

Enter zip code and create an account.  After completing registration, click "opt out of or order directories" and choose "opt out of all" option, then "save changes" and hit CONFIRM.

Please call to confirm before dropping off items. 

Cleaning out old clothes and other textiles?

Please DON’T throw away before looking into alternatives! Every year New York State residents and businesses throw away almost 1.4 billion pounds of usable and recyclable textiles.

Reuse:

  • Textiles in good condition such as clothing, footwear, belts, hats, handbags, gloves and other accessories for reuse are accepted at the following locations:

Open Door Mission - 687-1121

Salvation Army - 565-7137

       

  •  Please bring Fleece blankets, towels, sheets (gently used only) to Stray Haven - 565-2859

 

                Please call to confirm before dropping off items

 

Recycle:

Place these items in one of the many bins throughout Tioga County. These items do NOT have to be in "wearable" or perfect condition; they should, however, be clean and dry. For more information on available locations throughout the Southern Tier please visit the Textile Recovery Locations website.

 

***Only Dispose if wet or contaminated (for example: grease, mildew, odors), please place in trash.

  • Use Reusable Shopping Bags
  • Recycle and Buy Recycled Goods
  • Sell or donate unwanted items such as clothes, furniture and etc.
  • Start a Composting Pile
  • Choose durable/reusable goods
  • Buy in bulk, rather than single-serving packages

 

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