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|William R. Steinhaus, County Executive|
Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus reminds residents to take advantage of the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Disposal Day scheduled for Saturday, September 6th at the Cornell Cooperative Extension on Route 44 in Millbrook.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “As residents, we each have a responsibility to dispose of our household hazardous waste safely and properly to protect and preserve the quality of our air and groundwater, streams and lakes. Our Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days provide residents a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted items while protecting our environment.”
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.
Two of the most popular components of the program are the electronic waste and compact fluorescent light bulb collection. As more and more residents look for ways to save energy and protect the environment, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) have become very popular. It is important to note that 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. Residents can also take advantage of the opportunity to safely recycle old equipment such as computer monitors and printers that may be collecting dust and taking up room in their home.
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.
The next collection events will be held at the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency (DCRRA) at 96 Sand Dock Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie on October 4th and November 8th.