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What to know about recycling in Utica

Recyclables set out for public collection shall be set at curbside at such times, dates and pickup points as determined by the commissioner.

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We recently got on a recycling kick while filming CHARL-E for our upcoming showing of WALL-E, this Saturday in Franklin Square. I don’t mean that we just recently discovered recycling, I mean I just thought to google about recycling Utica.

I’m of the mindset that it’s 2017 and we should be recycling everything. We should literally just make things out of other things. We should avoid producing materials that can’t be reused for another purpose.

Why even have trash? I understand the simple logic that there will be trash but have you ever really stopped to think how much recyclable or reusable things you are shoving into a blue garbage bag? One you paid for…

The solid waste user fee

  • For a large bag 32 gal: $1.55 each.
  • For a small bag 15 gal: $0.95 each.

Tips to save money and the environment at the same time.

  1. Make sure you separate bag from bin

    Each person shall provide for the separation of recyclables from other solid waste in a suitable container as authorized by law. What constitutes recyclables and the particular requirements for separation shall be as determined by the commissioner. Recyclables may not be deposited in the city refuse bag for public collection or otherwise except in accordance with this article, other applicable law or with written permission of the commissioner setting forth the specific means by which recyclables may be handled.

  2. As soon as you put recycling on your curb the city gets your empty cans you were too lazy to return, if they wanted.

    From the time the recyclable materials are placed at the curb by resident for public collection, such recyclable materials shall become the property of the city or its authorized collection agent. It is unlawful for any person without authority from the city to pick over, disturb, collect, pick up, remove or cause to be collected, picked up or removed any recyclable materials set out for curbside collection. Each such collection, picking up or removal from one or more premises shall constitute a separate and distinct offense. Persons may dispose of their recyclables by selling same to authorized recyclers or by donating the same to recyclers, but these recyclables may not be picked up at curbside.

  3. Don’t put your recyclables a few neighborhoods over because you forgot what day it was.

    Only those persons using the public collection system for solid waste may use public collection for recyclables. It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit for public collection any recyclable not produced at the address from which collection is made or bring out recyclables into the city or from one address to another within the city for the purpose of taking advantage of the public collection service.

  4. Use of city container required, sort of. (I use any bin, plus people steal them)

    Except where otherwise specifically authorized in writing by the commissioner, no person shall place any recyclables at curbside for public collection in any receptacle other than the city recycling container. No person shall deposit or permit the deposit of any material other than recyclables in the recycling container.

  5. Preparation of recyclables.

  • Prior to placing in the recycling container, glass containers shall be rinsed so that there is no liquid or solid residue.
  • Clear, green and amber glass containers only may be put in the recycling container. Lids shall be removed but labels do not need to be removed.
  • Broken glass, window glass, windshields, drinking glasses, red glass and blue glass may not be placed in the recycling container but must be placed in the city refuse bag.
  • Newspapers shall be securely tied with string or twine and placed in, atop or next to the recycling container. No magazines, catalogs, books or periodicals may be placed in the recycling container.
  • As other materials become a designated recyclable, they shall be prepared and set out in the manner as determined by the commissioner.

Codes and regulations sourced from here

Franklin Square Film Series

5 Facts About Our 5 Films Under The Stars You Didn’t Know

The Franklin Square Film Series Returns in 2017

Have you heard? We’re making outdoor movies the hip thing to do again this year.

The Franklin Square Film Series returns on May 20th. We know, we know. Everyone is already talking about it. About how we are once again teaming up with our friends from Bite Bakery|Cafe and Nomad Cinema. About how the theme this year is ‘Films Under The Stars’.

But how about some stuff to talk about that nobody knows about?

Imagine this scenario

Everyone is enjoying a Utica Club or two. You and your friends are talking and you mention checking out this outdoor movie thing in downtown Utica. They maybe, at first, confuse it with other outdoor movies.

You say no.

You start listing off all the movies we have lined up. Now everyone is talking about all their favorites parts from all these great movies. Now you need a talking point, something to really impress.

This is a scenario that will happen to you all this summer. Here are 5 things you can tell your friends anytime someone brings up The Franklin Square Film Series. Don’t blow it.

Back To The Future – May 20

Films Under The Stars Fact – A studio executive thought people would shun a film with the word ‘Future’ in the title so he tried to change it to “Spaceman From Pluto” – Seriously.

Steven Spielberg (Executive Producer) sent back a note thanking the executive for the funny memo.

E.T. – June 17

Films Under The Stars Fact – The iconic shot of Elliott and E.T. flying across the full moon was mostly a “real” shot, except for Elliott and E.T.

It took weeks of maps and charts to coordinate right spot to film a low moon among trees. In the shot, Elliott and E.T. are puppets that were added with special effects in post-production.

Independence Day – July 22

Films Under The Stars Fact – Wait does this sound familiar?

Must Go Faster! Must Go Faster!” – the same line Jeff Goldblum used in Jurassic Park is the actual recording from Jurassic Park. The filmmakers loved the line so much, they snuck it into the finished film.

WALL E – August 19

Films Under The Stars Fact – A bit of a play off the Goldblum crossover. So many Pixar references, did you notice any? Hamm the pig and Rex the dinosaur in WALL·E’s truck or Skinner’s scooter Ratatouille and the Pizza Planet truck rusting in one of Earth’s trash heaps?

Also when WALL·E creates a statue of Eve, the lamp he uses for her arm is from Oscar-winning Pixar short Luxo Jr. but who has actually watched that movie? I haven’t but I’m sure it is indeed a fact. I guess you’ll have to come watch to find out.

Guardians of The Galaxy – September 16

Films Under The Stars Fact – Star-Lord’s ship is named the Milano after Alyssa Milano. Writer and Director of the film, James Gunn, had a childhood crush on Alyssa Milano, like ALL OF US.

This is a bonus fact, in a way, you can continue the conversation with your friends…Who doesn’t love Alyssa Milano?

Everyone does…

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E.T. at Franklin Square

Get ready for a sweet adventure this Saturday with E.T. at the Franklin Square Film Series! And of course, Made In…

Get ready for a sweet adventure this Saturday with E.T. at the Franklin Square Film Series!

And of course, Made In Utica is back with another Franklin Square Film Series promo. This time, we let our behind-the-camera guy Tom Knudsen (more affectionately known as TK) get a little screen time. A lot of screen time, actually. TK pulled a Mel Gibson and wrote, produced, starred in and edited the video with minimal help. And we’re over the moon with how it came out!

How about you? Did you enjoy the video? We work for tips. Show us some love, we could use it to make sure that cool things keep on happening in Utica!

Make sure you come down to the Franklin Square Film Series and see the real thing this Saturday. Presented as always because of friends at Bite Bakery | Cafe and with Nomad Cinema. Here are some tips for the first-timers out there…

Get to Franklin Square early for Prime Seating. Last month was JAM PACKED!

Show starts at sunset but we recommend coming and claiming your spot early. Bring a chair!

Bring some money for snacks from Bite Bakery | Cafe.

Our sources tell us that their chocolate chip cookies are the perfect pre-movie snack.

Oh and did you know, Woodland Farm Brewery will be with us at every Franklin Square Film Series showing?

So bring some money for that, too (and plan a safe ride home).

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And new this showing, Mad Props will be with us in the alley debuting the latest photo booth in town.

Get some super cool custom pics of the Franklin Square Film Series experience.

We hope to see you there. But if you can’t make it, don’t worry- our film series continues all summer long.


TK and Nomad Cinema on episode 99 of The Uticast

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Back To Franklin Square

Join us for a jam packed afternoon in Downtown Utica.

The power of love is a curious thing.
Make a one man weep, make another man sing.

The Utica Passport Party kicks off at 4pm with live art, live music and of course the kickoff to the Franklin Square Film Series at 8pm. The theme this year is “Films Under The Stars” and we kickoff with a mega classic, Back To The Future.

Don’t need money, don’t take fame. Don’t need no credit card to ride this train.

Both the Passport Release Party and The Film Series are 100% free to attend. You should bring some money, though, Bite Bakery | Cafe will be available for all your movie snacking needs and they are of course open for regular business hours. This event wouldn’t be possible without them so please go support them!

Also, Woodland Farm Brewery will be serving the freshest “Made In Brewtica” around. No seriously, they brewed a special beer for Passport season. It’s the second year, actually. You’re gonna wanna try it. BRING IDS.

Don’t let the beer deter you, this is an all ages event. We literally have something for everyone.

It’s calling for high 60’s and sun. You should just come hang out.

And with a little help from above you feel the power of love.

We hope you enjoyed our trailer and we’re looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday. It’s the fourth Utica Passport, our third birthday, the second year of movies in downtown Utica and as a bonus The Uticast hits Episode #100.

Saturday is a pretty big deal for us. We have a lot to celebrate and certainly feel the love.

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Ghostbusters of Utica, Inc.

There’s something strange in the #MadeInUtica neighborhood, but Ghostbusters of Utica doesn’t quite stack up. So come check out the…

There’s something strange in the #MadeInUtica neighborhood, but Ghostbusters of Utica doesn’t quite stack up. So come check out the real thing this Wednesday for the Franklin Square Film Series with our friends at Bite Bakery and Cafe and Nomad Cinema and see some real ghostbusting action!

Ghostbusters will be immediately following the Hanna Park Poké Party, 530-730pm at Hanna Park from the City of Utica, Utica City School District and Made In Utica.

Movie begins at 9pm but the space is small so come early for prime viewing and bring your own seating! Parking available at City Hall and in public lots. FREE! Bite Bakery and Cafe will be open late, so bring some money for movie snacks and show them your support.

Plus! Bring your donations for our school supply drive! See you there.

school drive.

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