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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

 

The Schenectady County Hazardous Waste Reduction Program provides information for residents, small businesses, schools and non-profits on how to get rid of leftover and unwanted hazardous chemical items. Information is also provided to show you how to reduce the use of toxic materials at your home or business. Hazardous waste addressed by the program includes paints, solvents, cleaning chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automobile fluids, fluorescent light bulbs, computers, television sets, and cell phones. 

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Household hazardous chemicals are any products in the home which are labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive. Any labeling that indicates danger also signifies the presence of hazardous chemicals. Household hazardous chemicals can be found in many places around the home and they pose a variety of health and environmental risks.

Additional Information on HHW and Managing HHW: 

NYS Department of Conservation (DEC)

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Program Details

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection events allow County residents to bring unwanted hazardous chemicals from around their homes for safe and environmentally sound disposal.  The program is available only to Schenectady County residents with a Compost and Recycling Facility permit. 

ACCEPTED ITEMS PROHIBITED ITEMS

Antifreeze

Auto fluids (other than motor oil and anti-freeze)

Bleach

Drain decloggers

Flares

Flammable adhesives

Fluorescent lighting ballasts

Household cleaning products

Insecticides

Lawn and garden products

Mercury (bulk)

Mercury containing products (thermostats, thermometers, sneakers containing

lights, etc.)

Paints, latex

Paints, oil

Herbicides, Pesticides and vermin control poisons

Pet flea control

Photo chemicals

Pool and spa chemicals

Propane tanks (1 lb.)

Stains, lacquers, varnishes

Thinners, mineral spirits, solvents

Ammunition

Asbestos and asbestos containing items

Batteries of any kind

Electronics including computers and televisions

Explosives

Fire Extinguishers

Tanks of Isocyanates (sealing foam) [Aerosols are allowed]

Lighting of any kind

Medical sharps

Medical waste

Motor oil

Propane tanks (grill sized or larger)

Radioactive items (smoke detectors)

Only material from residential households will be accepted. No waste from commercial, industrial, institutional, or non-profits will be accepted. 





 
 
 

Schenectady County Recycling Center

Schenectady County also provides recycling drop-off for county residents at the Yard Waste Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center.