Next time you walk through Downtown Syracuse keep your eyes open, you may notice something new. It’s part of a new recycling program put together by the Downtown Committee.

They’re called recycling rings. The first of its kind sits at the corner of S Warren and E Fayette. The second? Right outside Original Grain. But by Friday, 10 of these custom-made cans will be perched throughout downtown.

They’re designed to make your trash and recycling drop-off a one-stop-shop. “It’s supposed to help everyone. It helps keep the street neat if everything is contained where it should be,” said Heather Schroeder, the Director of Economic Development for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse.

The recycling rings are modeled after a program in Alberta, Canada. They’re created with the help of the sheet metaling company Brownick AC & SM Inc in Liverpool, and educational decals will be made by OCRAA. Each one takes a few days to make, but its impact is intended to be long-lasting.

How does it work? As you walk by one of the cans, place your garbage inside and put your water bottle in the ring.

“It helps people who collect the cans to redeem them,” said Schroeder.

For now, they’ll be placed on the streets with the most foot traffic:

  • S. Salina & W. Fayette
  • S. Clinton & W. Fayette
  • S. Warren & E. Fayette
  • Armory Square
  • Hanover Square
  • Columbus Circle
  • W. Jefferson & S. Salina
  • E. Jefferson & S. Warren

The hope is to expand the program to reach all 82 blocks downtown.

The Downtown Committee is looking for your feedback. They want to you if you like the cans and if you’ll use them. You can submit your feedback by emailing the committee: