Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Events Begin Saturday in Dutchess County - Daily Hudson Valley News

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Events Begin Saturday in Dutchess County

Apr 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Lead Article

2012 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Events Begin this Saturday
Residents can also safely dispose of unused medications

As residents work on spring cleaning projects, clearing out clutter from under the kitchen sink or in the garage, it is important to remember that household hazardous waste such as brake fluid, varnishes, fertilizers, old electronics and more must be properly and safely disposed of.    To assist residents, the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency (DCRRA) will kick off the 2012 schedule of Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days (HHWDD) this Saturday, April 7th at the Sand Dock Road location in the Town of Poughkeepsie starting at 7:30am.

Dutchess County Solid Waste Coordinator Lindsay Carille said, “Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day events provide a convenient way for residents to protect our environment and ensure that hazardous household waste does not wind up going down the drain into our water systems or leeching into our backyard soil.”

Some of the most popular items for disposal at HHWDD events are electronic waste and compact fluorescent light bulbs.   Residents appreciate the opportunity to safely recycle old equipment such as computer monitors and printers.     Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), which contain small amounts of mercury and other potentially toxic heavy metals, should never be thrown in the garbage.   The HHWDD events offer residents a way to safely dispose of these bulbs.

There will be eight collection events in 2012 at a variety of locations throughout the county.

Saturday, April 7                     Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency*

Saturday, May 5                      Pawling Fire Department

Saturday, June 2nd                   Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency*

Saturday, July 7th                     Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency

Saturday, August 4th                Amenia Transfer Station

Saturday, September 8th         Cornell Cooperative Extension (Millbrook)

Saturday, October 6th             Town of Rhinebeck Highway Department

Saturday, November 3rd          Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency*

*Event will also feature safe medication disposal from 8am to 10am.

All events begin at 7:30am.   Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 fee.  The events are partially funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.   Call the DCRRA at (845) 463-6020 or visit http://www.dcrra.org/ to pre-register and schedule an appointment.

*Additionally, residents will have the opportunity to safely dispose of unused or expired medications at the HHWDD events hosted at the DCRRA location from 8am to 10am.  Any prescription or over-the-counter pills, ointments, lotions and liquids can be brought for safe disposal.   Liquid medications should be in its original packaging and inside sealable plastic bags.  Pet medications are welcome as well. Special staffing will be present to mark out any personal identification from all medicine containers.  The entire container along with its medication will be placed into a sealed waste receptacle.   There is no fee for medication disposal, but pre-registration is required.

“Our Safe Medication Disposal help ensure unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications are properly disposed of and do not end up in the hands of children or leaching into groundwater drinking sources if discarded improperly,” said DCRRA Executive Director William Calogero.

“So whether you are cleaning out your medicine cabinet or your garage, sign up for our Hazardous Household Waste Disposal Day event and do your part to protect the environment,” said Mr. Calogero.

See a complete list of accepted HHW materials.

Materials that WILL be accepted:

Product containers marked with words: “Warning”, “Hazardous”, “Flammable”, “Poisonous”, or “Corrosive”

Photo chemicals, non latex driveway sealer, pool chemicals, creosote, kerosene, flammable liquids, metal polish, turpentine, stains, varnishes, strippers, thinners, gasoline/oil mixture, brake fluid, auto fluids, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, adhesives, resins, solvents, oil & lead based paints (no latex!), mercury containing devices, button cell batteries for watches & hearing aids, lithium & sealed lead acid batteries, compact fluorescent lights and fluorescent tubes, and small non-Freon appliances (such as humidifiers, toasters, irons, and electric heaters.)

Electronic Equipment Collection

Computer Monitors, Central Processing Units (CPU’s), Modems, CRT’s, Terminals, Laptops, Keyboards, Mouses, Fax Machines, Printers, Scanners, Copiers, Typewriters, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD Players, CD Players, Tape Players, Radios, Stereo Equipment, Cables, Answering Machines, Telephones & Video Game Systems.

Bins will also be available at the DCRRA location only to dispose of junk mail, white paper, magazines, newspaper and commingled bottles & cans.  There is no fee charged and no registration needed for these bins.

Materials that will NOT be accepted:

Ammunition or explosives, asbestos products, latex driveway sealer & latex paint, motor oil, car batteries, antifreeze, broken glass, building or construction debris, tires, furniture, medical waste/medicines, propane or other flammable gas cylinders, radioactive materials, scrap metal, metal drums or empty containers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners.

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