Schenectady County Announces 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Program Collection Dates

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

The Schenectady County Legislature today announced the return of the Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program for 2019. The program allows County residents to bring unwanted hazardous chemicals from around their homes to the Schenectady County Yard Waste Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center at 24 Hetcheltown Rd. or the Schenectady County Public Works Facility at 100 Kellar Ave., Rotterdam, for safe and environmentally sound disposal.

The first collection event is April 13, 2019 at the Kellar Avenue locationPre-registration is required.  The program is available only to Schenectady County residents with the purchase of a Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center permit.  The cost of the permit is $20 for the calendar year and can be purchased at the Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center or the Schenectady County Finance Office at 620 State Street, 3rd Floor, Schenectady, 12305.  Space is limited for each date so make sure to register early.  Registration may close up to one week prior to the collection.

“Many of us have paint, cleaning supplies and lawn chemicals left over in our garage or basement” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.  “This program is a great way for County residents to protect their families from these household hazards and safely dispose of these materials in an environmentally friendly way.”

The program will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays from April through November, 2019.  All collections will take place at the Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center or the Schenectady County Public Works facility on Kellar Avenue from 8am until 12noon .

The 2019 dates are:

Sat., April 13 Kellar Avenue         Fri., May 17 Compost Facility
Fri., June 7 Compost Facility   Sat., July 20  Compost Facility
Sat., August 17 Kellar Avenue   Fri., September 6  Compost Facility
Fri., October 4 Compost Facility   Sat., November 2 Kellar Avenue

Acceptable items include leftover or unused household cleaners, paints and paint related items, lawn & garden chemicals and automobile fluids (except anti-freeze and 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, antifreeze, lighting, batteries, asbestos, explosives (including ammunition), smoke detectors, medical waste, grill-sized propane tanks or larger, electronics including TVs, computers or computer accessories, or empty aerosol or paint containers.  To find out how to recycle these items, visit the Schenectady County website at www.schenectadycounty.com/HHW.

Only material from residential households will be accepted.  No waste from commercial, industrial, institutional, or non-profits will be accepted.  Schenectady County does sponsor a program for small businesses and non-profits.  Please call 386-2225 for more information on this program.

In 2018, Schenectady County Residents recycled more than 99,000 pounds of hazardous materials through the program. 

CLICK HERE For further information on the program or to register.