With summer quickly slipping into fall, it’ll soon be time to put away the grill, cover the pool and switch from mowing the grass to raking leaves.

With summer quickly slipping into fall, it’ll soon be time to put away the grill, cover the pool and switch from mowing the grass to raking leaves.

The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority wants to help make that seasonal transition an easy and environmentally friendly one.

First, if you’re no longer using an item, “the authority encourages reuse before disposal,” according to a county factsheet. Residents can visit www.ohswa.org for a list of local organizations that accept donated items.

If it is time to dispose of an item, however, make sure you know how to do so properly. Here are some tips:

* While many types of plastic are recyclable, not all are. Inflatable pool floats and garden hoses, for example, should be placed with regular garbage.

* Bulky, rigid plastic items such as lawn furniture and coolers also should not be placed in curbside recycling bins. Instead, those items can be brought to the authority’s Convenience Stations at 80 Leland Ave. in Utica and 575 Perimeter Road in Rome, and disposed of at no charge. The same is true of propane tanks ranging from 1 pound to 110 pounds.

Both convenience stations are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Utica station also is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, while the Rome location is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

* Leftover pool chemicals, paint and other hazardous household waste products should be disposed of at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, which will be accepting items free of charge until Sept. 30. After that, it will not reopen until the spring.

* Check your local municipality’s green waste collection schedule to determine how and when to dispose of leaves, grass clippings and other garden waste. Some bulky plastic items also might be eligible for curbside collection, depending on your municipality.