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Recycling at Special Events

Now that the warm weather is here, it will soon be time to get out and enjoy special events like the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, the Spiedie Fest and church bazaars.
Now that the warm weather is here, it will soon be time to get out and enjoy special events like the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, the Spiedie Fest and church bazaars. There's an easy way to recycle when you're at the events.

Chances are if you go to the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally or other big events this summer you're going to want to enjoy a beverage while you're there. When you're finished with it, look for a blue container next to a garbage can so the bottle or can can be recycled and kept out of the landfill.

"They're not open top containers. They have specialized circular opening so that eliminates or cuts down on the contamination of people putting in non-recyclables," said Debra Smith of Broome County Division of Solid Waste.

Or perhaps you, your company or church are going to be hosting an event. You can get the recycling containers through Broome County's special events recycling program to do your part to help the environment.

"It's free of charge to anyone who is interested. They just need to contact our division at least two weeks in advance. We'll put aside the containers. There is a simple loan agreement that the organization signs making sure that no parts are lost. You pick up the containers at the county landfill."

After the event you simply bring them back. They're also easy to put together.

The county has 100 to loan out, which is good, especially for the larger events like the Dick's Sporting Good Open, which attracts thousands upon thousands of golf enthusiasts every year.

"Recycling is one of those great things where it's good for the environment, but it's also a potential cost savings. Whatever you can keep out of the trash, you're not paying for that trash to go into the landfill or paying that tip fee."

You can reserve the special recycling containers for events by calling the Broome County Solid Waste Division at 778-2250.
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