Disposal of Other Items
Paint cans need to have the paint emptied out of them and then be completely dried out. Kitty litter can help with drying them out. Then, remove the can lids and put the cans and lids in the trash. There is no limit on the number of paint cans.
Boxes, including moving boxes, must be flattened/cut into sizes no bigger than 3 by 3 feet. Tie them together with string or twine and then place inside your recycle bin. Whatever does not fit into your recycle bin may be tied together and then set next to the recycling bin.
Small throw rugs may be bagged and included in your weekly trash pick-up. Your larger carpets and remnants will be picked up by Syracuse Haulers for a fee. You must contact them to find out the fee and to arrange a special pick-up date. These larger pieces must be prepared ahead for the special pick-up. Please cut your carpet into strip(s) no longer than three feet on one side. Then roll them up and bind them with any kind of tape or rope or string. There is a weight restriction of 55 to 75 lbs.
Put used sharps in an empty detergent bottle, firmly duct-tape the cap on, label the bottle “sharps” and then place the bottle in your recycle bin. Another option is to call the hospitals to find out where and when to drop these off at (i.e. St. Joseph’s Hospital).
Large items include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Construction debris (including plywood)
There are battery drop-off receptacles at the Wegmans grocery stores. Please see the OCRRA website (or call them) to find out how to prepare your batteries for disposal.
OCRRA accepts batteries year round at their Rock Cut Road location. Vehicle batteries are not accepted by OCRRA. Please return it to the place of purchase.
Note: Bodow Recycling also accepts auto batteries (all lead acid batteries), copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel, catalytic converts, scrap cars & farm machinery, non- ferrous metals to name a few.
Syracuse Haulers will not pick up any fiberglass at all since it is hazardous waste. You must contact OCRRA to dispose of any fiberglass. The contact OCRRA phone number is (315) 453-2866.
Wrap the broken glass in newspaper and seal it shut someway (i.e. a strong tape, inside a plastic bag). Then label the packaging "broken glass" so as to protect the haulers as they handle it.
Mulch, Soil, Sod
Syracuse Haulers will not take any mulch or soil. If you are putting out bushes, plants etc. make sure all sod is removed from the roots. Also, any shrubs/bushes must be cut into sections no bigger than 3 X 3 feet. When you put them out to the road, place them upside down with the roots showing.
Syracuse Haulers will dispose of these for you for a fee. They will also dispose of the tire rims but be sure to have any rims removed from the tires before putting them out for pick-up by Syracuse Haulers.
Freezer/Refrigerator/Air Conditioner/Dehumidifier/Old appliances
Syracuse Haulers will pick any of these items up for a fee. You will have to contact them for a price quote. There is a higher fee for any items containing freon.
OCRRA any appliances including those with freon. You must find a way to transport your unwanted item(s) there yourself. OCRRA does not supply any pick-up services. The current charges are $ 15.00 for one appliance. If there are other items in your vehicle, there will be an additional charge.
You may contact “Appliances Unlimited”. This business will help you dispose of freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. They also supply pick-up services for these items if you wish. Contact them for current fees and further details.
Bruin Recycling also accepts computer equipment and appliances.
Household Hazardous Waste
With a reservation, Onondaga County residents can drop off toxic household materials (including mercury thermometers) year round Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 6:00 pm at Environmental Products and Services of Vermont, free of charge. Please contact OCRRA at (315) 453-2866 or visit their website at www.ocrra.org for more information and to schedule your reservation. When contacting OCRRA please be sure to note the list of acceptable and non-acceptable items for disposal. Syracuse Haulers will not accept any items containing mercury.
OCRRA has a free recycling program for these items:
Fluorescent Tubes up to 4 feet in length can be dropped off at any True Value or Ace Hardware. Any tubes longer than 4 feet must be part of OCRRA’s Household Hazardous Waste program.
Fluorescent Spiral Bulbs can be dropped off at any Lowes or Home Depot.
Telephone Books, paperback books and magazines
These items are now recyclable and can be placed in your recycle bin. Hardcover books must be placed in the trash.
Mercury Thermometers and Thermostats
OCRRA accepts these. It is considered Household Hazardous Waste. Please contact OCRRA for more information. You can fill out a card and receive in exchange from OCRRA one digital thermometer and one five dollar Home Depot gift certificate (only one per household). Syracuse Haulers does not accept any items containing mercury.
Propane tanks, fire extinguishers, empty helium tanks
Propane tanks: ONLY empty one-lb camping propane tanks may be thrown in the trash (NOT the blue bin). The large 20-lb tanks (used with full-sized outdoor grills) can be refilled and reused repeatedly. Never put the 20 lb and larger into the trash or blue bin. If you cannot reuse your 20 lb or larger tank, please contact OCRRA for a list of businesses that will accept the propane tanks for recycling. This list includes Bodow Recycling on Park Street, Syracuse and BJ’s Wholesale Club in East Syracuse. Call the business of your choice first to find out about any restrictions and charges. Fire extinguishers? Syracuse Haulers will NOT pick these up. Please contact OCRRA for information on disposing of these. Another option is Bodow Recycling.
Empty Helium Tanks
Syracuse Haulers will NOT pick these up as they are considered hazardous waste. Please contact OCRRA for information on disposing of these. Another option is Bodow Recycling.
Syracuse Haulers will pick this up FOR A FEE. Two other options are Camillus Landfill or OCRRA. Please contact any of these businesses for prices and details.
Plastic grocery bags? Plastic grocery bags are no longer acceptable as recyclables. If you want to dispose of them they can be returned to the grocery store.
TVs and other electronics
TVs: Best Buy stores (no consoles), Battery World (charge for consoles), The Salvation Army stores, in general, accept working TV’s only, no consoles. However, the Salvation Army store on Erie Blvd does accept console TVs, even if not working. The only prerequisite is that the console not be physically damaged. You may also check out Tech Reworks, IITRG, Sunnking. Call any of these for details/pricing. Sunnking holds annual free electronics recycling events. See their web site for an event near you. Or contact OCRRA upcoming electronic recycling events Some trash haulers will take your console TVs for a fee (i.e. Syracuse Haulers). Call for details/pricing.
OCRRA does NOT accept any TVs.