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News Release    

October 1, 2007      

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

Dutchess County Residents Taking Advantage of Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days
Participation up nearly 20% over 2006.

Poughkeepsie… “We have seen participation increase almost 20% for Dutchess County’s Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days as compared to last year” said Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus.  “It is great to see how many residents have supported our “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda and have taken steps to help protect our environment by properly disposing of household hazardous waste.”

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal Day events, facilitated by the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency, provide a safe and responsible opportunity for residents to clear out unwanted items from their homes such as pool chemicals, oil or lead based paints, brake fluid, chemical fertilizers, electronics equipment and more.   Compact floursecent lightbulbs (CFL) were also added to the list of accepted materials this year.

There are still two remaining HHW disposal days to take advantage of this year.   The next HHW disposal day will be held on Saturday, October 6th at the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency located at 96 Sand Dock Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.    The final HHW disposal day will be held on November 3rd.

Every year in New York State, more than 100,000 tons of household hazardous wastes is thrown into the trash and 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.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day events are open to all Dutchess County residents for a $5 registration fee.   Events begin at 7:30am.  The events are partially funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.   Call the DCRRA at (845) 463-6020 or visit to pre-register and schedule a mandatory appointment.

See the complete list of accepted materials below.

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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