For 14 years New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has been honoring companies and organizations for unique environmental solutions and programs raising awareness about protecting the state's land, water and air. One Central New York company was honored for their educational program.  

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority received the Environmental Excellence Award for their Go Green School Recycling Program. All but 2 schools in the two counties participate in the program which show students, teachers and janitors how to be environmentally conscious in several ways while saving money.

  • reduce waste being generated
  • reduce greenhouse gas generation
  • conserve natural resources

One example is Staley Upper Elementary in Rome. Through the program the school recycled nearly a ton of material per week while reducing their trash generation by 25% while saving over $1,000 a year.

Emily M. Albright, Director of Recycling, Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, said, "The Authority is committed to environmental education and introducing lifelong recycling habits at an early age.

The Authorites' website  has more details on their school programs and features searchable information on how to recycle almost any item you can imagine.

SOURCE: Department of Environmental Conservation