But, it’s really important to get the right stuff in your curbside bin. When the wrong stuff ends up in bins it creates extra work at sorting facilities (MRF’s) and can make it difficult to market the targeted materials. If recyclable materials become contaminated with too many items that are not recyclable, they might all end up in the landfill. If in doubt, throw it out. Review the reminders below and/or check out Broome County's recycling guidelines to learn more.
While some common items may seem like they should be recyclable, placing them in your curbside bin may actually create more landfill waste and can damage machinery at the MRF’s. These items include:
Plastic shopping bags (accepted at grocery, department, and drug stores)
Foam packaging, cups, and egg cartons
Ceramics, drinking glasses, Pyrex and other glass cookware
Paper coffee cups and plates
Paper egg cartons (can be composted)
Plastic plates and utensils
Clothing, textiles and shoes (take to Goodwill, non-profits, thrift stores or a textile drop-off location)
Food and beverage containers should be emptied, rinsed and free of residue
Staff can present free talks and demonstrations on recycling for service organizations, clubs and other groups in Broome County. These free programs are partially funded the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with additional funding from the Broome County Division of Solid Waste. To schedule a presentation email or call Kevin Mathers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 584-5013.
CCE-Broome also offers recycling and composting lessons and activities for youth. Visit our School Solid Waste Programs page for information.
What Belongs in my Curbside Bin?
The Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management’s Recycling page provides information on what to put in your bin, as well as information about the bulk rigid plastics recycling program at the Broome County Landfill.
Recycling/Reuse options for other items
There are options for recycling items not accepted in curbside bins. Visit Broome County’s Recycling and Reuse Guide.
Want to recycle and dispose of unwanted hazardous waste?
Broome County operates a Hazardous Waste Collection Facility year-round at the Broome County Landfill. There are also drop-off collection points at the landfill for batteries and used motor oil, transmission/brake fluid, and antifreeze.
Where do I recycle batteries?
In New York State retail stores that sell rechargeable batteries are required to accept the same types of rechargeable batteries they sell for recycling. Drop-off locations to recycle other household batteries can be found on Broome County’s Recycling page.
Last updated May 13, 2019