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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

Schenectady County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste event at SUNY Schenectady on November 12, 2022 from 8:30am -11:30am. Registration is required for this event.


Email or call (518) 388-4775 to be added to our list for future events.

Register for HHW Collection Events

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, and automobile fluids. 

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection events allow County residents to bring unwanted hazardous chemicals from around their homes for safe and environmentally sound disposal. Only material from residential households will be accepted. No waste from commercial, industrial, institutional, or non-profits will be accepted. 



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


Drain decloggers


Flammable adhesives

Fluorescent lighting ballasts

Household cleaning products


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


Asbestos and asbestos containing items

Batteries of any kind

Electronics including computers and televisions


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)


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)

Schenectady County Recycling Center

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