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Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event to be held in Rhinebeck this Saturday

Published: 10/2/2012

For More Information Contact:

Lindsay Carille, Solid Waste Coordinator

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency will host its next Household Hazardous Waste Disposal event on Saturday, October 6th at the Town Highway Department in Rhinebeck.  The event is open to all Dutchess County residents and runs 7:30am to 9:30am. Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 fee.  Call the DCRRA at (845) 463-6020 or visit to pre-register and schedule an appointment.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be hazardous to children or household pets and can contaminate septic systems if they are left around the house.  In order to decrease these risks, try to reduce your use of hazardous household waste wherever possible.  You can do this by buying only what you need and using it all.  If you do have leftovers, you can share it with someone else who needs it.  You can also try to find natural or non-hazardous alternatives to using chemicals.  If you still have some HHW left, bring it to a HHW collection event so it can be disposed of properly.  Solid Waste Coordinator for Dutchess County, Lindsay Carille, said “Reduction in the use of HHW results in reduction of the potential hazards to our families and the environment.”  DCRRA Executive Director William Calogero concurs.  He went on to say that, “It is better for the environment if, in addition to our disposing of HHW properly, we try to minimize our use of these products.”

There will be one additional collection event for 2012 on Saturday, 11/3 at the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency.

HHW events are partially funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

“So whether you are cleaning out your kitchen, basement or your garage, sign up for the Hazardous Household Waste Disposal Day event and do your part to protect the environment,” said Ms. Carille. 

See below for a complete list of accepted HHW materials.

Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency’s
2012 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 is 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.