Ellen Pratt
Materials Recovery Manager


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Owego, NY 13827

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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.

Holiday Recycling Tips

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A little planning ahead of time can reduce the amount of trash that goes to the landfill and reuse can even generate useful items. You can “Be the Solution” and have a more waste-free holiday season by following a few simple tips.

Before the holidays is a perfect time to clean out some of the clutter and unused items in your home. If you have outgrown toys and clothing, consider donating them to charitable organizations that reuse them.  Discarded electronics (computers, copiers, fax machines, printers, and monitors) may be donated to a local nonprofit agency, parent-teacher association.  One man's clutter is another person's treasure.

Gift Giving

  • Make it or buy locally produced gifts! Choose or make gifts that are practical and consist of environmentally friendly materials.  Check the recycled content and life of the gift when purchasing.
  • Instead of exchanging unwanted items with coworkers or extended family, suggest donating to a charity as a group.

Wrapping & Cards

  • Use recycled or recyclable materials for packaging gifts; reuse a nice tin, box or gift bag.
  • Select uncoated giftwrap that can be recycled and/or burned safely.
  • Make gift tags from small pieces of the existing wrap or from old holiday cards.
  • Consider cutting back your list, choosing cards made of recycled materials, or even buying them from a charity that benefits the environment.
  • If your friends are web-savvy, skip the post office altogether and send cards via e-mail.
  • Save wrapping & etc. by neatly folding the tissue and bags, and store with your other Christmas items, and use them again next Christmas.

Christmas Lights

Trade in your energy guzzling lights for newer, energy saving lights.

Use fewer lights.

Recycle old lights at Home Depot and Lowe’s typically offer a Christmas light recycling program each year. Contact your local store to see if they have a program and how long it runs.


Recycle packaging materials

Styrofoam peanuts may be taken at no charge to Tioga Package, 18 West Main Street, Owego, 687-6562; Mail Boxes etc. - All outlets. For information on recycling plastic foam peanuts, or if you are a retailer interested in foam peanut recycling, go to


  • Rechargeable batteries and a battery charger are a great way to cut down on the consumption of batteries.
  • Recycle Alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D, & 9 VOLT), Rechargeable (Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Metal Hydride (NiMh)and Lithium Ion (Li-ION) at TIOGA MANAGEMENT WASTE FACILITY at 352 GLEN MARY DRIVE, OWEGO between 7— 4 Monday - Friday & 7—12 on Saturday   ALL BATTERIES MUST HAVE THEIR TERMINALS TAPED! Tioga County Solid Waste makes this free disposal option available to all households in Tioga County. 


  • Consider a synthetic tree or wreath that can be used year after year.
  • Buy a potted tree with roots that can be planted after the holidays.
  • Decorate with recyclable, compostable, or bird-friendly materials.

Most villages provide tree pick-up or drop-off for their residents.  Call your village for more information.  If you live in a rural area, lay the tree out where the branches can offer shelter for birds and other wildlife.  Waterman Conservation Education Center will accept old Christmas trees at its 403 Hilton Road location in Apalachin.  Trees can be dropped off at the center’s parking lot. For more information, call 625-2221.



  • More presents are being bought online and shipped, and that means more cardboard boxes.
  • Cardboard boxes are a high-value recyclable, but the sheer volume of them means they often overflow the recycling bins and end up in the trash. If you receive gifts by mail this year, break down the cardboard boxes to save space and make sure they end up in the recycling pile.
  • You don’t need to remove every piece of tape.
  • Aside from cardboard boxes, milk jugs, soda cans and bottles also are valuable recyclables, so getting them into the right stream will make a difference.

Disposable Plates, Utensils & Napkins

  • Disposable plates, utensils and napkins are NOT recyclable. Throw disposable plates, napkins and paper towels in the trash or compost, if you compost at home.
  • Paper towels also aren’t recyclable – even if they are only used to dry clean, wet hands.
  • Best to skip the disposables in favor of reusables when possible.

Plastic Bags

  • Keep plastic bags away from the recycling bin
  • Plastic bags or other films tend to clog up the recycling system. Plastic bags could shut down the entire recycling system for an hour or so just by getting bound up in the equipment.
  • This does not mean perfectly good shopping bags need to go to the landfills. Most grocery and retail stores take them back, and of course, you can avoid using disposable plastic bags by bringing your own reusable bag.

Unfortunately, the holiday season is an increasingly common time for the wrong things to end up in those recycling bins. Recycling mistakes – such as bowling balls, for instance, and large plastic toys with metal parts, batteries and electronics – make recyclers’ jobs harder and more costly, which in turn increase municipal costs to taxpayers and ultimately reduce the amount of material that gets recycled.

Many people think if recyclers can’t recycle an item, they can just remove it, but recycling streams that require more sorting are less likely to be able to be recycled economically – and more likely to become waste.

One of the most common mistakes recyclers find in the red bins at this time of year is metallic gift wrap. Much of the glossy or laminated gift wrap that’s popular around Christmas can’t be recycled; neither can many of the ribbons, especially those with wire mesh.



Put in paper bags or directly in your recycling bin. If you have a lot place in a cardboard box and place the box next to your bin.  NO METALLIC PAPER, TAGS, OR RIBBON.


Recycle cards anytime through your curbside mixed paper recycling. Exceptions:  Metallic or foil cards (place these in the trash).

Have a safe and happy holiday season and remember to never burn wrapping paper or Christmas trees in the fireplace.


Holiday Recycling Tips