Get Rid of Household Hazardous Waste this Weekend

Read on for the terms and conditions.

It's time to start collecting all those old containers from under the sinks, out in the garage or down in the basement. Putnam County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day for residents on May 3.

It's free, it's from 9 a.m. to noon at the Canopus Beach parking area, Fahnstock State Park, Route 301.

It's sponsored by the Putnam County Department of Health and New York State 
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Why bother?  
  • You can safely dispose of toxic materials such as: household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil based paint (not latex), automotive solvents, thinners, mothballs, rodent poisons, gasoline, kerosene, small propane tanks (up to 20 pound size), etc. 
  • Improper storage or disposal of hazardous waste poses a health risk to you, your family and neighbors.

There are conditions: 
  • Disposal items will only be accepted if they are labeled and identifiable.
  • Items which will not be accepted are water-based paints (latex), used oil, lead-acid batteries, plastic bags, batteries, tires, electronic waste or any materials from commercial establishments.
  • Pre-registration is required. Call early to reserve your spot. Call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43150 with questions about the event or to pre-register.

For a complete list of items being accepted, please visit the Health Department website at http://www.putnamcountyny.com/green-putnam/.


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