The Schenectady County Legislature announced registration is now open for the first Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program event for 2023. The event will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023 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 www.schenectadycounty.com/hhw or by calling (518) 388-4775.
“Safely disposing of household chemicals is not only important for the health of our planet, but also for the safety and well-being of our communities,” said Schenectady County Legislator Richard Ruzzo, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Conservation, Renewable Energy & Parks Committee. “Our free household hazardous waste collection events make it easier for residents and families to safely dispose of common household chemicals they no longer need.”
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023
Location: SUNY Schenectady’s back parking lot, 78 Washington Avenue
Participants should enter via the ramps off State Street. The Washington Avenue entrance will be exit-only.
Schenectady County hosted four HHW events in 2022 which took in a total of over 30,000 gallons of liquid materials and over 10,000 pounds of solid materials for safe disposal. This included over 19,000 gallons of paint.
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.
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 https://www.paintcare.org/states/new-york/. The program began on May 1, 2022 in New York State.
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