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Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter 

2020 Materials Management Annual Reports Due in March 2021

2020 Case-Specific and Large Quantity Pre-Determined BUD Annual Reports are available and due March 1, 2021 or March 31, 2021 (check your BUD).

2020 Organics Recycling Annual Report forms are available and due March 1, 2021.

  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Composting
  • Land application
  • Mulch
  • Storage associated with land application

2020 Solid Waste Management Facility annual report forms are available and due March 1, 2021.

  • Combustion and Thermal Treatment
  • C&D Debris Handling & Recovery
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
  • Landfills
  • Medical Waste
  • Recyclables Handling & Recovery
  • Scrap Metal Processor
  • Transfer Facility
  • Used Cooking Oil/Yellow Grease Processor
  • Vehicle Dismantler
  • Waste Tire Handling & Recovery

Household Hazardous Waste Webpage Updated

DEC has updated its Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) webpage. It includes information on reducing HHW in your household, best management practices and resources to find authorized HHW collection facilities and HHW collection events in your area.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Your Way Through Your 2021 Health Goals

Whether you’re out for a daily run or walk, trying a new home delivery meal kit, or working toward other health goals in 2021, there are easy things we can all do to help keep our environment healthy along the way too.


Can I Pre-Cycle That?

PREvent waste before you reCYCLE. One of the main ways we can prevent waste while working toward wellness goals is through precycling, which includes thinking about purchases and choosing options that generate less waste. Precycling your way through your 2021 health goals is as easy as following these tips:



  • Choose reusable beverage and food containers for hydration and healthy meals/snacks.
  • Try before you buy and check out equipment rental programs if possible. If not, look for gently used fitness equipment, gear, and clothing.
  • Trade in programs. If you’d like to update a fitness tracker or similar device, check to see if trade in programs or refurbished options are available.
  • Resell or donate. Did a fitness activity or gadget turn out not to be your thing? Find friends, neighbors or donation locations for gear, equipment and clothing you no longer need. Always follow the CDC’s Covid-19 protocols.


You don’t have to be an expert to recycle right in 2021. Know before you throw by contacting your hauler or local recycling coordinator for a list of what’s accepted and not accepted in your home recycling bin and for other recycling programs available in your community.

  • Sports Equipment: No sports equipment or gear, whether whole or in pieces, should go in your home recycling bin. There may be organizations or community groups in your area that accept used sports equipment.
  • Food and Beverage Packaging: Beverage concentrate tubes, energy meal packets, meal delivery kit insulation, and many other types of plastic packaging may not be accepted in your local program, so it’s always best to check your local recycling rules.
  • Recyclable- but not at home: Many items like rechargeable batteries, workout clothing, flexible pouches and other film plastics may be recyclable through return-to-retail or other drop-off or mail-in programs, but they do not belong in your home recycling bin and cannot be recycled if placed there.
  • Bottles and tubs: If you do end up purchasing sports drinks in single-use bottles, these types of empty containers are normally accepted in most recycling programs. Empty tubs, for example the tubs that protein powders come in, can likely go in your recycling bin as well but it’s always best to check locally.

Taking even just a few of these simple steps into consideration not only helps with reaching fitness goals but helps the environment along the way – a New Year’s resolution win-win!


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