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For Release: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DEC to Attend Earth Day at Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority

Earth day celebration set for April 21, Utica Recycling Station

Saturday, April 21, 2018 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will celebrate Earth Day with the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (Authority).
The Authority will hold its annual Earth Day events at the Oneida-Herkimer Recycling Center, 80 Leland Avenue Ext., Utica from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and include several free opportunities for the public to recycle hazardous waste, paper, and textiles.

"The Authority holds this event every year and every year it grows in its popularity and impact on the community. DEC is proud to be a part of such an event that promotes reducing improper disposal of materials while celebrating the lands, forests, and waters we all strive to protect," said Judy Drabicki, DEC Region 6 Director.

DEC Environmental Conservation Officers will be on hand to assist with the free collection and disposal of unused medication and pharmaceuticals in cooperation with the Oneida County Sewer District. Accepted items include expired or unwanted prescriptions/medications (liquid, pill, or powder form), over the counter medications, vitamins/supplements and veterinary/pet medications. DEC Lands and Forests will be passing out seedlings and DEC Fisheries will be sharing information and educating the public on marine life.

Woodsy Owl will also make an appearance to inspire participants to "Lend a Hand- Care for the Land." For more information regarding the Authority's Earth Day events (link leaves DEC's website) for for hours of operation and information on special recycling programs, please the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority website or call the Authority's Office at (315) 733-1224.

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