Town of Amherst Recycling & Waste Committee

Town of Amherst Recycling & Waste Committee We are a volunteer committee who advises local government on environmental policy The mission of the Solid Waste Committee shall be to advise the Town Board on all aspects of municipal solid waste affecting the Town of Amherst and to monitor, make recommendations regarding the Town’s activities relating to environmental issues which affect or impact the residents of the Town of Amherst.

The committee shall also investigate methods of recycling, waste stream reduction, household hazardous waste collection and consider new technologies for handling municipal solid waste. The Committee shall be comprised of representatives from local government, Engineering, Refuse Control, Highway, Compost and the Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as appointed residents from the Town of Amherst who have an interest in preserving the environmental quality of life in the Town. The Committee shall strive to take an integrated approach to addressing waste management issues through educational opportunities while balancing the concerns of all of the stakeholders.

Operating as usual

05/21/2021

TGIF! We're back with the answer to this week's #ModernTriviaTuesday question! We asked: "What is a split body truck, and how does Modern use them?"

The answer is...A split body truck is a truck that has 2 separate compartments: one for trash and one for recycling. We use these trucks in some of the communities we service. If you have ever seen one of our workers dumping both of your cans into the same truck, don't worry! It's likely because they are using a split body truck.

05/12/2021

It's time for another #ModernTriviaTuesday! Our question this week is:

How should you dispose of old electronics?

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05/07/2021

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Thank you to everyone for taking part in this week's #ModernTriviaTuesday! Our question was: "Should you sort your recycling into separate bags or boxes before putting them in your recycling tote?"

The answer is...No! All of the materials that go into your tote end up on a conveyer belt in our recycling facility. By putting your materials in bags or boxes, it makes it much harder for our sorters to remove the materials from the bag/box and get it into the right bale. It also makes it impossible for the optical sorting technology to identify the type of materials inside and get it to the right bale.

Photos from Recycle Right New York's post
05/05/2021

Photos from Recycle Right New York's post

05/03/2021

Join us in celebrating International/New York State Compost Awareness Week, May 2 - 8, 2021! This year’s theme ”Grow, Eat… COMPOST...Repeat” empowers us to recognize and promote the importance of composting and the use of compost in growing healthier food, supporting healthier soils and, ultimately, creating a more just and sustainable world.

Learn more about how you can celebrate NYS Compost Awareness Week and find an event near you: https://www.nysar3.org/page/nys-compost-awareness-week-2021-165.html

Get Involved | Community Climate Action Plan
04/28/2021
Get Involved | Community Climate Action Plan

Get Involved | Community Climate Action Plan

Erie County Climate Action is Erie County’s green initiative to develop an equity-centered Community Climate Action Plan. The Plan will identify actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help the community adapt to our changing climate. The plan will also set goals following the NYS Climate ...

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04/22/2021

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Happy #EarthDay! This day is a great reminder to all of us that we are capable of making small changes each day that can benefit our environment. #ModernEarthDay2021

Photos from Recycle Right New York's post
04/22/2021

Photos from Recycle Right New York's post

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04/20/2021

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This is a question we get all the time. Just because something has a recycling symbol or says "recyclable" on the packaging, doesn't mean it will be recycled successfully.

To succeed in becoming a new product, an item must survive the collecting, sorting, and milling processes before entering manufacturing. And the material must be deemed “valuable” by manufacturers. What we can accept in our recycling program is limited to what manufacturers are willing to buy. But the good news is that consumers have more power than they think – by using your valuable dollars to purchase items that are more sustainable, you are signaling to the market what products are desirable!

#ModernEarthDay2021 #EarthDay

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04/16/2021

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TGIF! It's time to answer this week's #ModernTriviaTuesday question! We asked, "Is the plastic wrap found around packs of water bottles, paper towels, etc. recyclable?"

The answer is...Not in your curbside tote. Plastic wrap, also called film plastic, is not accepted in your curbside recycling collection. However, it can be recycled at most film plastic recycling drop off facilities. To find one near you, please follow the link below!
https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/

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04/14/2021

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Do you ever feel confused about recycling? You’re not alone! On Earth Day, visit https://recyclerightny.org/ for the official launch of a statewide recycling website that will help communities throughout New York State address recycling confusion and contamination. By keeping valuable materials in productive use, recycling right conserves natural resources, prevents pollution, protects public health, saves energy, creates jobs, and so much more. This Earth Day, we can all help to “Restore Our Earth” by pledging to reduce, reuse, and recycle right! #RecycleRightNY #EarthDay

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04/13/2021

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Are you ready for #ModernTriviaTuesday? Our question this week is:

Is the plastic wrap found around packs of water bottles, paper towels, etc. recyclable?

03/29/2021

Starting April 1 residents can put out yard compost materials on their regular collection day. The material must be properly bundled and or packaged for pickup.

Leaves, small trimmings and other yard waste should be put in containers, paper yard waste bags or bundled for collection (NO YARDWASTE IN PLASTIC BAGS) on a weekly basis and will be collected by Modern Disposal.

In addition, the Amherst Highway Department’s brush pickup crews will be out picking up large brush piles by appointment; please call 631-7117 to schedule your address for service. Please have brush, logs and stumps out for pickup before you call. Any material placed out MUST be free of any dirt or soil.

The Town Highway will only collect large unmanageable piles of logs, brush (cut to less than 8 feet in length), and tree stumps. No mixed piles containing lumber, concrete, railroad ties or non-organic materials will be collected.

Town of Amherst residents are allowed to dump their yard waste at the C.J. Krantz Recycle Center on Smith Rd free of charge during the facilities working hours.

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03/26/2021

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TGIF! It's time to answer this week's #ModernTriviaTuesday. We asked: "When you recycle jars and bottles, should you leave the lids and caps on or take them off?"

The answer is...Leave them on! Your materials come through our facility on a conveyor belt, and small lids and caps can get lost and fall to the floor if they go through on their own. It is easier to leave them on the jars and bottles, even though they are often made of a different material. The sorters can manually remove the lids and caps and put them into the appropriate area!

03/23/2021

Never put unused medications in the recycling bin or down the drain. Doing so contaminates other recyclable materials and pollutes local waterways. To learn how to responsibly dispose of unused medications, visit the Safe Medication Disposal for Households web page (t.ly/wcIF), and find medication drop-box locations near you by exploring this online locator map (t.ly/ifuT). #RecycleRightNY

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03/23/2021

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Are you ready for this week's #ModernTriviaTuesday? Our question this week is:

When you recycle jars and bottles, should you leave the lids and caps on or take them off?

10 Uses for an Egg Carton
03/19/2021
10 Uses for an Egg Carton

10 Uses for an Egg Carton

After the eggs are all scrambled and eaten, the container is useful for home improvement

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03/12/2021

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Thank you to everyone who answered this week's #ModernTriviaTuesday! Our question was: "How do you properly dispose of unused medication?"
The answer is...in the trash or at a medication disposal event or center! Never put unused medications in the recycling bin or down the drain. Doing so contaminates other recyclable materials and pollutes local waterways. To learn how to responsibly dispose of unused medications, visit the Safe Medication Disposal for Households web page (t.ly/wcIF), and find medication drop-box locations near you by exploring this online locator map (t.ly/ifuT). #RecycleRightNY

03/08/2021

Used needles, syringes, and lancets should never go in the recycling bin. Medical sharps, whether loose or stored in a plastic container, that are placed in recycling bins injure local recycling facility employees by pricking them and spreading bloodborne illnesses like HIV and Hepatitis C. To learn about safe disposal of these items, visit the NYS Sharps Collection Program web page (t.ly/fRfh). #RecycleRightNY

A reminder that there are still 4 gardening seminar events coming up in March and April.
03/05/2021

A reminder that there are still 4 gardening seminar events coming up in March and April.

A reminder that there are still 4 gardening seminar events coming up in March and April.

02/05/2021

The Amherst Highway Department is preparing for the anticipated storm that will start this afternoon and continue thru part of the weekend. We are requesting that residents do not park in the streets even during the daytime hours if at all possible. The less vehicles parked on the streets the more thoroughly and efficiently we can clear the roads. We will have trucks out at all needed times throughout the storm but with difficult changing conditions and blowing snow anticipated our clean up may be delayed at times.

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01/20/2021

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🙅‍♀‍ Sorry folks, chip bags are not recyclable. ❌

♻️We hope you enjoyed our #12DaysofRecycling to #KnowWhatToThow. #Recycle #Recycling

How thoughtful of our town employees!
01/13/2021

How thoughtful of our town employees!

01/11/2021

As holiday decorations are taken down, please remember (and remind your neighbors, family and friends) that string lights do not belong in your recycling bin. These strands get stuck around equipment at the recycling facility and are dangerous and expensive to remove. If you have string lights that can’t be reused or repaired, check to see if your local recycling program or municipality offers any string light recycling opportunities. #RecycleRightNY

Buffalo Recycles
12/23/2020

Buffalo Recycles

Upcycle Rubber Bands!

Your rubber bands in that random junk drawer finally have a purpose! Check out how they can be useful and not wasteful.

#BuffaloUpcycles

Modern Disposal Services
12/22/2020

Modern Disposal Services

December is coming to and end, so it's time to wrap up our holiday-themed #ModernTriviaTuesday question series! Our last holiday-themed question is:

Are gift bags recyclable?

If you are interested in learning more about gardening and composting yourself Grassroots Gardens and WeRadiate has a se...
12/17/2020

If you are interested in learning more about gardening and composting yourself Grassroots Gardens and WeRadiate has a series of great learning opportunities for you!

Buffalo Recycles
12/11/2020

Buffalo Recycles

We are dedicating the rest of December to helping our residents "Upcycle.”

Rather than creating more waste, find a new and creative way to use an item!

#BuffaloUpcycles

Congrats to Sashti and Jean (pictured) below for being recognized for their efforts to create a food scraps recycling pr...
12/09/2020
NYSAR3

Congrats to Sashti and Jean (pictured) below for being recognized for their efforts to create a food scraps recycling program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxExVyxbcMM&t=2s

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Recycling Leadership Awards!

On behalf of the Recycling Leadership Awards Committee, we are pleased to recognize outstanding achievements in the following categories:

Private Sector: TOMRA Collection U.S.
Citizen: Barbara Boeck
Non Governmental: GrowNYC
Innovation: Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority
Public Sector: NYS Dept of Health Wadsworth Center NYSDOH - New York State Health Department
Educational Institution: SUNY-ESF
Lifetime Achievement: Karen Sullivan The Arc Otsego

Certificates of Distinction:

Marc Anthonisen
Sashti Balasundarum
Sander Bonvell
Giansante family, GI-RO Dry Cleaners
Karen Kohr
Haron Mastaki
Jean Neff
Raymond Pultinas
Jessica Riozzi
Katherine Zwick
@GDMGarden
@principalgdm
@nbkcompost

#RecyclingLeadership #RecycleRightNY

NYS  Department of Environmental Conservation
11/30/2020

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Online shopping is likely to increase as we all begin to plan for this season’s festivities while maintaining social distance. You can recycle right by folding cardboard boxes before placing out for recycling. Do not include foam, film plastic packaging, or bubble wrap envelopes in your recycling bin. You can take film plastic to drop-off containers at retail stores for recycling. To find a film plastic drop-off location visit https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/ #RecycleRightNY

NYSAR3
11/25/2020

NYSAR3

The traditional Thanksgiving meal can include many commonly recycled items, such as aluminum cans for cranberry sauce. Find out what materials your local recycling program accepts and make sure to recycle right with gratitude in your heart this Thanksgiving. #RecycleRightNY

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And we wonder why we have rats? Look at my curb after trash pick up?
Dear ToA RWC....I was very excited to hear that the Town would be accepting organic waste at the N Forest facility. I have been sharing the information with all kinds of people on different pages. I know this is a new initiative, but unfortunately each time I arrive to drop materials off I'm disappointed by the lack of signage and the "forever parked truck" blocking the bins. (see photo). In speaking with some of your staff, I understand that the bins will be moved when the weather improves, (as they are placed directly under the window where staff sit). You need a decent sign with what can, and cannot, be dropped off. One day I saw about 10 cigarette butts in one bin. Also, I would like to know if you are marketing this great idea to local restaurants? Thanks for your efforts!
Is it ok to recycle paper envelopes with that clear plastic shield over the address?