We want to empower our neighbors with knowledge about how to manage unwanted items in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. We offer education about recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste.
Putting the wrong household items in the recycling bin creates many issues for your local recycling system. There are many household items that do not belong in the recycling bin which the recycling industry calls “contamination”. Putting items in the recycling bin without knowing if your local recycling service accepts them or not is known as “wish-cycling”. Wish-cycling creates several problems for the collection, sorting, processing, and marketability of recyclable items, including:
Cooperative Extension staff in conjunction with Master Composter and Master Recycler volunteers are here for you to learn more about these issues and solutions related to solid waste. We offer free access to information and free educational programming for families, community groups, social clubs, schools, and businesses.
Find resources here on how to start and maintain a home compost bin! Learn how to turn food and yard waste into "black gold" for your garden!
Short on yard space or tired of trekking through the snow to a compost bin? This resource provides information on designing an indoor compost system.
Schenectady County now has more farmer's markets and more ways to pay for local farm products to make supporting our farmers even easier.
Last updated November 15, 2022