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News Release    

March 30, 2007      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Steinhaus Announces Hazardous Waste Disposal Days
Exec encourages residents to “think green”

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced Dutchess County’s 2007 schedule of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal Days.   

County Executive Steinhaus emphasized Dutchess County Government’s commitment to protecting and maintaining the environment in his 2007 State of the County Address “Dutchess Goes Green.”   “I have been encouraging county residents to think green and behave green.  Our disposal days allow residents to clear out unwanted items such as pool chemicals, oil or lead based paints, brake fluid, chemical fertilizers or even old electronics equipment.   So many of us have old computer monitors, printers, etc. taking up space in our homes but are not certain how to safely dispose of them.  HHW Disposal Days provide the perfect opportunity for county residents to personally “behave green” and help keep Dutchess County a cleaner, greener place to live.”

Collections will be the first Saturday of the month at the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency (DCRRA) in Poughkeepsie on April 7, May 5, July 7th, August 4th, October 6th and November 3rd.    There will also be collections at the Red Hook Recycling Center on June 2nd and the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Millbrook on September 1st.   

Every year in New York State, more than 100,000 tons of household hazardous wastes thrown into the trash end up in landfills or incinerators, or may be dumped onto backyard soil or into small streams.  Household hazardous wastes can also enter the environment from places such as kitchen sinks, backyards and sewers. 

Dutchess County residents must pre-register.    There is a $5 registration fee.  All events begin at 7:30am.  This program is open to Dutchess County residents ONLY.     Call the DCRRA at (845) 463-6020 or visit to register and schedule an appointment.

(See below for a complete list of accepted materials.)

Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency’s
2007 Household Waste Disposal Days

Materials that WILL be accepted:

Product containers marked with words: "Warning: Hazardous", "Flammable", "Poisonous", "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, compact fluorescent lights and fluorescent tubes.

Expanded 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, appliances, asbestos products, latex driveway sealer, motor oil, 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, humidifiers, toasters, irons, electric heaters, and air conditioners.


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