The Division of Solid Waste Management of the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development formulates programs for the collection and disposal of solid waste (discarded material) generated within Dutchess County.
Our main function is to implement the Dutchess County Local Solid Waste Management Plan, Rethinking Waste.
The three main goals of the plan are:
Registration for the events open one month prior to the event. For the June 19th event, registration opens May 19th.
Latex, water-based paint: We do not accept latex paint at our events. Dry the paint using kitty litter, sawdust or the sun. Re-lid the can, put in a sturdy plastic bag and throw in the trash.
Fluorescent bulbs: CFL's can be dropped off at retailer drop boxes, such as at Lowes and Home Depot. If bringing fluorescent tubes to an event, which are considered hazardous waste not electronics, please tape together or put in a box to prevent breakage.
Air conditioners: We do not accept air conditioners at our events. Please see our list of places that accept air conditioners on our Transfer Station page.
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is holding Clean Sweep events in our region in May. This is a free hazardous waste collection event for farms and schools. Please see the NYSDEC website for more information and registration. Clean Sweep NY. There will also be a hazardous waste collection event for businesses, schools and farms that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month on October 1, 2021 held by Dutchess County. There is a fee based on type and amount of materials. Please contact the Solid Waste Division for details.
Our Recycling Educator has developed an Earth Day video. While mainly for elementary school children, it's enjoyable for everyone! Learn more about recycling with this YouTube video: Earth Day Recycling Video.
Each month we will be focusing on a recycling topic to support efforts to reduce contamination in household recycling across Dutchess County.
For April we are focused on understanding Recycling Symbols and Labels.
Find out what can be recycled in Dutchess County
Find information on composting and how to purchase a backyard compost bin
Helpful information on reducing and reusing items
The County has recycling containers to borrow for your next big event
See where your local transfer station is located and what items they will accept
Recycling rates, accomplishments, facility information and more in the 2019 Annual Report
Companies licensed in Dutchess County to collect, transfer, transport, store or dispose of solid waste