Van Buren's OCCRA Representative Resigns

Roger Eidt, board member and Van Buren representative of OCCRA, resigned from his post last week due to health issues.

Eidt was first appointed to the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency Board in March of 2003, and has since served on the board for about six years. Beginning in April of 2009, he has been the Van Buren representative.

While serving on the board, Eidt "has always looked out for both Van Buren and OCRRA as an agency," said Van Buren town supervisor Claude Sykes. Kristen Lawton, OCCRA's Public Information Officer, related that "Roger has been an invaluable member of our Board. His extensive construction experience and contractual dealings has made Roger a real asset to OCCRA."

As part of his position, Eidt connected local businesses with OCCRA recycling specialists, always keeping the organization up-to-date on new recycling opportunities in the area. Most recently, Eidt connected area non-profits with OCCRA's recycled paint program, allowing cash-strapped organizations to stretch their budgets while helping to recycle leftover paint. In addition to his duties as a member of the board of directors, Eidt often volunteered at OCCRA's State Fair booth.

OCRRA has provided county residents with several environmentally sound recycling options since 1990. They offer services to deal with batteries, telephone books, and electronics, as well as hazardous wastes like solvents, pesticides, and drain cleaner. The agency also runs a composting program, an Earth Day cleanup event and a mercury thermometer collection.

Town supervisor Claude Sykes announced Eidt's resignation, "with regrets," during last Tuesday's board meeting.

With Eidt's position being vacant, the town is looking for a replacement, preferably someone with a professional background. Eidt has offered to mentor the new member. Anyone interested is directed to contact Sykes.

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