Don’t Get Stuck: Syringes and Recyclables Don’t Mix

(Wampsville, NY – Jan. 2013) What would you do if you stepped barefooted on a dirty hypodermic needle? What are the chances you could become infected with human immunodeficiency virus, the hepatitis B virus or the hepatitis C virus? What would it cost for medical treatment, days off from work and a host of other […]

Landfill Solar Project Nominated for Award

Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation news

(Town of Lincoln, NY – Dec. 2012) The Madison County Landfill solar cover project has been selected for the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition for a 2013 ACEC New York Platinum Award in the category of Environmental.

The 2013 judging panel reviewing the project consisted […]

Plastics to Diesel Fuel Program Helps Farmers and the Environment

Submitted Photos/Sharon Driscoll

James Zecca, director of the Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation inspects bales of agricultural plastic that were sent to JBI, Inc., in Niagara Falls as part of a test load to make sure the product collected can be processed. In the background is a large bale of rigid plastic […]

Residential Tip Fee Remains Stable for 2013

(Wampsville) It was recently announced that the residential punch card fee will remain stable for 2013 at $13.50 for a five punches. Municipalities and agents selling punch cards will continue to receive .35 cents per punch card sold.

Punch cards issued after Jan. 1, 2013 will expire Dec. 31, 2014, according to James A. Zecca, […]

Educational Recycling Exhibit on Display through September

Pictured is Sharon Driscoll

By Norm Parry

(New Woodstock, NY – Sept. 2012) A lot of progress has been made in the last two decades in Madison County’s Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation. Recycling in the county has led the way through innovation, education and ecologically responsible policies.

Now, Madison County Recycling Coordinator Sharon […]

Effects of Unused Meds in Waterways, History of Chittenango Pottery Programs at GSC

(Town of Lenox, NY – Nov. 2011) The Great Swamp Conservancy will host “Results, Effects of Unused Meds in our Waterways,” Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m., a presentation by Sharon Driscoll of the Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

On Nov. 19, Mike Beardsley […]

Safe Pill Collection Huge Success


Sarah Howell, Madison County’s Promise Coordinator, is pictured with Kathy Felton and Judy Goodfriend, RSVP volunteers during the Sept. 24 Safe Pill Collection at the Madison County Landfill site on Buyea Road.

Madison County news

(Wampsville, Lincoln, NY – Sept. 2011) On Sept. 24, 14 RSVP volunteers helped collect 305.22 pounds of waste […]

FREE E-Waste Collection Oct. 22

(Cazenovia, NY – Oct. 2011) LOJO Technology has scheduled a free and easily accessible Electronic Waste Collection Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22, in the parking lot of Buyea’s True Value Hardware on Albany Street in Cazenovia.

The E-Waste Collection Day is being sponsored by LOJO Technology and the Madison County Department […]

City Contests Bill

Committee Wants Guarantee Before Investing Millions in Infrastructure

By Martha E. Conway

(Wampsville, NY – June 2011) After some back-and-forth between the Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation and the city of Oneida, it appears the city will now pay a bill for disposal of biosolids.

The county and city have a swap […]

Global Travelers Visit Madison County


The Great Swamp Conservancy hosted a group of Russian dignitaries Wednesday, June 22. The diverse group of visitors included journalists from the Russian newspaper ‘Komsomolskaya Pravda,’ government environmental agents, public officials, university professors and an interpreter. The theme for their discussion was ‘Accountable Governance: Environmental Management.’ Issues of environmental conservation and getting a non-profit […]

When Something Breaks


Random Access

By Bob Arnold

(Canastota, NY – May 2011) It happens sooner or later: one of the electronic gadgets that you’ve come to rely on decided to die at the worst possible time. I’m not certain, but I think that the basic concept is a variant of Murphy’s Law: anything that can […]

Free Document Shredding and Safe Pill Collection this Saturday

(Town of Lincoln, NY – April 30, 2011) The Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation is hosting two major events on Saturday April 30: A Safe Pill Collection and FREE Shredding of confidential documents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the main Landfill site on Buyea Road in the Town of Lincoln […]