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Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Event Saturday, August 2nd in Poughkeepsie
Expired and unused medications can also be safely disposed to help prevent prescription drug abuse

Published: 7/23/2014

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus

Poughkeepsie...The Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency’s next Household Hazardous Waste, Electronics Recycling and Medications Disposal Event will be Saturday, August 2nd from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at 96 Sand Dock Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.    The event will also include safe disposal opportunity for unwanted or expired medications.

The DCRRA’s disposal events are a safe and responsible way to discard a wide range of household items such as varnish, paint strippers, unwanted electronics, florescent bulbs, pesticides, and more.     All disposal events held at the DCRRA’s Poughkeepsie site include the opportunity to safely dispose of pharmaceuticals.    County Executive Molinaro notes, “Take the time to clear out your medicine cabinet of expired or unneeded prescriptions and other medications.    This is an important prevention step to protect your family from possible drug misuse or abuse.”

A complete list of accepted material is included below.   Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 fee.  Call the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency at (845) 463-6020 or visit to pre-register and schedule an appointment.   The events are open to all residents of Dutchess County.

The events are partially funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and are open to all residents of Dutchess County.  In addition to the August 2nd event, there will be three more collection events in 2014:.

Saturday, September 6th  Cornell Cooperative Extension (Millbrook)
Saturday, October 4th Town of Rhinebeck Highway Department
Saturday, November 1st Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency*
*Event will also feature safe medication disposal from 8am to 10am.


See below for a complete list of accepted HHW materials.

Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency’s 2014 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, and small non-Freon appliances (such as humidifiers, toasters, irons, and electric heaters.)

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.