Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter

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Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter 

Transporting Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) Materials

New Predetermined BUD Forms are now available. If you are transporting or using any material under one of the predetermined BUDs, you can now carry a form to show that you are using the material pursuant to DEC's regulation. The completed form can be provided to contractors, transporters, or local and state officials when needed to document the reuse of material. Use of these forms are optional. Learn more about Beneficial Use Determinations.

Green School Grant Program

The NYS Association of Reduction, Reuse & Recycling established a grant program for public and private K-12 schools to provide up to $500 per school to rejuvenate existing programs or to develop new programs centered around the 3 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle). This is a competitive grant program so imagination, ingenuity and initiative are valued. Submit your application by Friday, November 8, 2019.

Loving Local, Wasting Less: A Zero Waste Community

Join the Syracuse community October 28 for an engaging, one night culinary experience celebrating five Syracuse area chefs and farms and the pressing need to waste less food. This event will feature a five course dinner crafted from locally gleaned produce, highlighting the empowering ways we can all prevent the loss of deliciously nutritious foods. Purchase tickets for the Loving Local, Wasting Less event.

Going Batty for Halloween?

Halloween Bats

Halloween is a time to dress as you wish, eat your favorite candy with no regrets, watch a scary movie or throw a Halloween party with family or friends. While the day is filled with spooktacular memories, our garbage cans are filled with the scary leftovers. Reduce waste this Halloween with the following tips:

  • Reuse. Halloween costumes and decorations are timeless. Try your best to reuse. Some of the best finds for costumes may come from your family's closets or trunks. Search for parts and pieces for Halloween costumes at garage sales or second-hand stores
  • Swap with family and friends. Have a costume and/or Halloween decoration swap with family, friends or coworkers.
  • Reduce packaging waste. Buy wrapped candy in bulk to decrease packaging waste.

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We Want To Hear From You!

Is there a topic you'd like to learn more about or a public event or workshop related to recycling (organics, textiles, traditional recycalbles, etc.) you'd like the greater community to know more about? E-mail us at and it could be featured in an upcoming Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter.