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News Release    

July 20, 2009      

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

Next Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day to be held in Amenia

Poughkeepsie… The County’s next Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day (HHWDD) event will be held on Saturday, August 1st at the Amenia Transfer Station, announced Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus.   Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days are an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials, such as pool chemicals, oil or lead based paints, brake fluid, chemical fertilizers, electronics equipment, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) and more.   The event is open to all Dutchess County residents and begins at 7:30am.   Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 fee.

“Hosting our Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day events in convenient locations throughout the county makes it even easier for residents to join our Dutchess Goes Green efforts,’” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “We added Amenia to the schedule last year and it was a great success.  We are pleased to bring this important environmental event back to the eastern portion of Dutchess County.”

Dutchess County’s Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day events continue to grow in popularity as more and more residents seek to dispose of unwanted materials in a manner that is safe for the environment.   Electronic waste such as computer monitors or printers as well as compact fluorescent light bulb collection continue to be some of the commonly disposed of items.    Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) contain small amounts of mercury and other potentially toxic heavy metals and should never be thrown in the garbage.  

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day events are facilitated by the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency and are partially funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.     Future collection events will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Millbrook on September 12th and at the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency (DCRRA) at 96 Sand Dock Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie on October 3rd, and November 7th.

For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal events, call the DCRRA at (845) 463-6020 or visit to pre-register and schedule an appointment.    The Amenia Transfer Station is located at Allen Sand & Gravel on Old Route 22 (between Wassaic & Depot Hill Rd).

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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