Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the 2008 schedule for Dutchess County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal Days. This year, an additional location - the Amenia Transfer Station - has been added to the event schedule to make this popular environmental protection program even more accessible to residents.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “The proper disposal of household hazardous waste is an important part of our “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda. These collection events offer residents a chance to help keep Dutchess County a cleaner, greener place to live.”
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, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) and more.
Collection events will be held at the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency (DCRRA) at 96 Sand Dock Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie on April 12th, May 3rd, July 12th, October 4th and November 8th. There will also be collections at the Red Hook Recycling Center on June 7th, at the Amenia Transfer Station on August 2nd and at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Millbrook on September 6th.
The Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day events had a whopping 60% surge in participation last year as more and more residents embraced County Executive Steinhaus’ “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda and looked for ways to do their part to help protect the environment.
Two of the most popular components of the program are the electronic waste and compact fluorescent light bulb collection. As technology advances and electronic equipment becomes obsolete, many residents are anxious to safely recycle old equipment such as computer monitors and printers. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) have also become a popular energy saving option. However, CFL bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and other potentially toxic heavy metals and should never be thrown in the garbage. The HHWDD events offer residents a way to safely dispose of these bulbs.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days are open to all Dutchess County residents. Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 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 http://www.dcrra.org/ to pre-register and schedule an appointment.
See below for a complete list of accepted materials.
Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency’s
2008 Household Waste Disposal Days
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, small and large non-Freon appliances (such as humidifiers, toasters, irons, electric heaters, and refrigerators.)
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.