• *** NOVEMBER 27, 2018 BOARD OF COMMISSIONER MEETING LOCATION IS ALPINE CENTER AT 9:30 A.M.***
    DECEMBER BOC UPDATE – The last Board of Commissioner meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 (instead of December 11th) in Room 100 at the County Courthouse.

Recycling Etiquette

Shown below are the rules for dropping off recycled materials for the Otsego County Recycling Drop-off Program. Each recycling program is different, so please check with your recycling location to verify material preparation requirements for other locations/programs.

Click to view the Otsego County Recycling Brochure to learn more about Otsego County’s program.

Mixed Containers

Juice boxes, milk cartons and paper cups

  • Please rinse and flatten
  • NO juice pouches or straws

Plastic bottles, jugs and jars

  • All numbers: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7
  • Please rinse and flatten. There’s no need to remove labels
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO motor oil jugs
  • NO toys, buckets, or durable dishes
  • NO “biodegradable” or corn-based plastics (PLA)
  • NO plastic bags. They belong with your Paper, Boxes, and Bags.

Plastic tubs, trays and cups

  • All numbers: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7
  • Please rinse and flatten. There’s no need to remove labels.
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO durable dishes, wash tubs, buckets, etc.
  • NO “biodegradable” or corn-based plastics (PLA)
  • NO plastic bags. They belong with your Paper, Boxes and Bags.

Metal cans, foil and trays

  • Metal lids are okay
  • Aluminum, steel and tin
  • Please rinse and flatten
  • NO aerosol cans or propane tanks

Glass bottles and jars

  • Clear, green, brown, and blue
  • Please rinse. There’s no need to remove labels
  • NO light bulbs, window glass, or glass dishes

Paper, Boxes and Bags

Cardboard and paper bags

  • Boxes from frozen and refrigerated foods are okay
  • Boxboard – like cereal boxes and paper towel cores – is okay
  • Please remove packing materials and flatten
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO pet food bags
  • NO loose plasstic bags. Please stuff all plastic bags into one bag and tie it shut

Plastic grocery and breag bags

  • Stretch bags only
  • Clean, dry bags only
  • Please put all of the bags into one bag and tie it shut
  • Shrink wrap – like around rolls of paper towels and cases of water bottles – is okay
  • NO cling wrap (used to wrap food and cover dishes)
  • NO cereal box liners
  • NO “crunchy” plastics – cellophane, pretzel bags, potato chip bags, etc.

Newspapers and inserts

  • NO newspapers which have gotten wet and/or yellowed

Magazines, cataglogs, and books

  • Hardcover, paperback, and phone books are okay

Office paper

  • Accepted at all drop sites
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Copy paper, writing paper, and file folders
  • Shredded paper too Please put it in a transparent bag
  • NO construction paper or dark or bright copy paper
  • NO padded, plastic, or Kraft (gold paper) envelopes

There’s no need to remove

  • rubber bands
  • paper clips
  • plastic windows from envelopes
  • stickers
  • sticky notes
  • mailing labels
  • staples
  • tape
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