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OCCA: “Spring cleaning is beneficial to the environment”

April 12, 2011

OCCA: “Spring cleaning is beneficial to the environment”

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Conservation Association’s Annual Garage Sale is just three weeks away, and they need your donations.

This Otsego County tradition draws hundreds of shoppers each year to browse the bargains in more than a dozen different categories, including household items, glassware, appliances, furniture, clothing, books, toys, knick knacks, sporting goods, linens, holiday decorations, games, tools, and sporting goods.

Merchandise is donated by county residents and businesses, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this event go toward OCCA’s programming to protect and preserve the environment.

“This spring, we are hoping once again to help people ‘clean house’,” said Darla M. Youngs, OCCA administrative director. “The garage sale is a perfect motivator to finally clear out that cluttered attic, office space or storage room for a great cause.”

Clean, gently-used items can be dropped off at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building, 101 Main Street, Cooperstown on Saturday, April 23 and Monday through Thursday, April 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations are tax deductible: OCCA will provide a donation voucher upon request. Those interested in dropping off materials sooner, or who would like more information about volunteering to assist with the event, are asked to call admin for further details. The sale is set for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.

OCCA is also inviting donations of home-baked pies to be sold at this year’s garage sale. Those wishing to drop off pies may do so at the OCCA offices, 101 Main Street, Cooperstown (in Pioneer Alley, next door to the market space) on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to raising funds for OCCA’s countywide environmental programs and initiatives, the garage sale also benefits the environment through waste prevention, or “source reduction.” Source reduction, including reuse, can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, land filling, and combustion. Source reduction also conserves resources and reduces pollution, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

"The garage sale began as a fundraiser," explained OCCA President Martha Clarvoe, "but it fits well with our mission. We really love the fact that these items are finding a new home, staying out of the landfill, and reducing the purchase of brand new items. Reuse is a mainstay of good environmental stewardship."

Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation organization, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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