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:
- 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
Auto fluids (other than motor oil and anti-freeze)
Fluorescent lighting ballasts
Household cleaning products
Lawn and garden products
Mercury containing products (thermostats, thermometers, sneakers containing
Herbicides, Pesticides and vermin control poisons
Pet flea control
Pool and spa chemicals
Propane tanks (1 lb.)
Stains, lacquers, varnishes
Thinners, mineral spirits, solvents
Asbestos and asbestos containing items
Batteries of any kind
Electronics including computers and televisions
Tanks of Isocyanates (sealing foam) [Aerosols are allowed]
Lighting of any kind
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.