Recycling is more than just using the Blue Bin
We want to empower our neighbors with knowledge about how to manage unwanted items in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. We offer education about household hazardous waste, how to dispose of paints, chemicals, medications, electronics recycling, how to donate various items like clothing, shoes, textiles, homegoods, and other hard to recycle items.
Recycling has its challenges
It's important to recycle, but it's better to recycle right! Not everything can be recycled and recent changes in the global recycling market will change the way American recyclables are managed. It's more important now than ever to learn what can and cannot go in the recycling bin, because contamination affects the quality and value of recyclables.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycling is so important, but it's really the last thing we can do to prevent environmental pollution and conserve natural resources. We've all heard of the 3Rs and they're in that order for a reason! Preventing waste (and recycling) before it ever enters your life makes a larger impact than simply choosing to recycle.
Cooperative Extension staff and Master Composter Master Recycler volunteers are here for you to learn more about these issues and solutions related to solid waste. We offer free access to information and free educational programming for families, community groups, social clubs, schools, and businesses.
Why is recycling so important?
Find resources here on how to start and maintain a home compost bin! Learn how to turn food and yard waste into "black gold" for your garden!
Short on yard space or tired of trekking through the snow to a compost bin? This resource provides information on designing an indoor compost system.
Schenectady County now has more farmer's markets and more ways to pay for local farm products to make supporting our farmers even easier.
Last updated September 1, 2021