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Solid Waste Management

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: 

  • Reducing the amount of waste generated within Dutchess County 

  • Increasing the amount of waste that is recycled and reused
  • Converting the remaining waste to electricity through waste-to-energy disposal; minimizing the use of landfill disposal

News and Announcements

The 2022 Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics collection event dates have not been set yet. Check back in February or sign up for DutchessDelivery to be notified of upcoming events.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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. Please see our How to Get Rid of Paint  flyer (pdf.) for more information.

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.  

Smoke detectors: We do not accept smoke detectors at our events. Please review this article. If your detector is photoelectric, please remove the battery and throw it in your household trash.

Farms, Businesses and Schools:   

A hazardous waste collection event for businesses, schools and farms that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month will be scheduled for 2022.  A date has not been set yet. There will be a fee based on type and amount of materials. Please contact the Solid Waste Division for details at 845-463-6020.   

Recycling videos: 

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. 

Learn about why we should recycle and what to recycle with this YouTube video: Dutchess County Recycling Video.  

Recycle Right Dutchess!

Each month we will be focusing on a recycling topic to support efforts to reduce contamination in household recycling across Dutchess County. 

For January we are focused on the New York State Polystyrene Foam Ban.


Services and Solutions

Solid Waste Hauler Information

Licensed Haulers

Companies licensed in Dutchess County to collect, transfer, transport, store or dispose of solid waste


Recycling complaint form, businesses, haulers and scrap metal annual recycling report forms.

License Application

Hauler license application form (.pdf)

Reports, Regulations and Laws