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News Release    

May 28, 2009      

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

Steinhaus Announces New Pawling Location for Popular Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day Event

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the County’s popular Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day (HHWDD) event will be held for the first time at Pawling Fire Department on June 6th.   This is the third of eight HHWDD events being held in 2009.

“This year we have added a new location, the Pawling Fire Department, to our popular Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day event schedule to make it even easier for residents in the eastern portion of the County to ‘go green,’” said County Executive Steinhaus.   “As residents become more aware of how their actions impact the environment and join in our Dutchess Goes Green efforts, we have seen a dramatic increase in attendance at our Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day events.   People want to make sure these hazardous materials are disposed of properly and don’t damage our ecosystem.”

Every year, household hazardous wastes are improperly emptied into trash cans, or may be dumped onto backyard soil or into small streams. Household hazardous wastes also enter the environment from places such as kitchen sinks, backyards, sewers, and landfills.  Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days give residents the opportunity to ensure hazardous materials are disposed of safely and responsibly.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day events are facilitated by the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency.   Residents can bring 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 July 11th, October 3rd, and November 7th.    There will also be collections at the Amenia Transfer Station on August 1st and at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Millbrook on September 12th.

Two of the most popular components of the program are the electronic waste and compact fluorescent light bulb collection.  Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) 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.  Disposal of electronic items such as computer monitors and printers as well as televisions has also increased dramatically in recent years.

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
2009 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 microwaves.)

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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