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Schenectady County Legislature Announces Registration Open for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

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The Schenectady County Legislature announced registration is now open for the second Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program event for 2022. The event will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at SUNY Schenectady.

The program allows County residents to bring unwanted hazardous chemicals from around their homes to the collection site for safe and environmentally sound disposal. This is a free program for Schenectady County residents. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at or by calling (518) 388-4775.

“Hazardous chemicals can be found in many places around the home and can pose a variety of health and environmental risks,” said Schenectady County Legislator Richard Ruzzo, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Conservation, Renewable Energy & Parks Committee. “Our free Household Hazardous Waste events are an easy and environmentally smart way for Schenectady County residents to safely dispose of common household chemicals they no longer need.”


Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022

Time: 8:30–11:30am

Location: SUNY Schenectady’s back parking lot, 78 Washington Ave.

Participants should enter via the ramps off State Street. The Washington Avenue entrance will be exit-only.


Accepted Items

Acceptable items include leftover or unused household cleaners, paints and paint-related items (with the exception of empty paint containers), lawn and garden chemicals and automobile fluids (except motor oil), and a variety of other hazardous chemicals found around the house. Bring items in their original container with the original label if possible.

The HHW collection does not accept used motor oil, lighting, batteries, asbestos, explosives (including ammunition), smoke detectors, medical waste, grill-sized propane tanks or larger, electronics including televisions, computers or computer accessories, or empty aerosol or paint containers.

Only materials from residential households will be accepted. No waste from commercial, industrial, institutional, or not-for-profits will be accepted.

The County anticipates hosting an additional HHW event this fall. Date, time and location will be announced in the future. Follow Schenectady County on Facebook (@SchenectadyCounty) for the latest information.

For additional information about the HHW program, visit or email


Residents and businesses can now dispose of unwanted paint for recycling at any local PaintCare drop-off site. More information about the program, including a list of paint products accepted at each location and a full list of participating sites, is available at The program began on May 1, 2022 in New York State.