Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous & Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Events
  • UCRRA offers 3 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events per year as a safe, convenient, and FREE way for Ulster County households to dispose of hazardous materials.  
  • You must have an appointment to participate. Registration opens 2-3 months before each event.  
  • Events are open to Ulster County households ONLY.
  • Materials from businesses, schools, farms, or organizations are NOT accepted and should contact a Hazardous Waste/Environmental Services Company.

2018 Event Schedule

  • April 14, 2018 @ UCRRA Office, 999 Flatbush Rd., Kingston – 350 Attendees
  • July 21, 2018 @ NYSDEC Region 3 Office, 21 S. Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz – 313 Attendees
  • October 20, 2018 @ UCRRA Office, 999 Flatbush Rd., Kingston-335 Attendees

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

  • Household hazardous waste is the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals. It can be identified by labels such as: Warning, Caution, Poisonous, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive.
  • Care must be taken to properly use, store, and dispose of hazardous products so they do not harm people, pets, and the environment.
  • Hazardous products carelessly tossed in the trash can injure sanitation workers, damage collection vehicles, or leak into the environment.
  • Some products, when poured down the drain or on the ground, can damage plumbing or septic systems, and pollute our water supplies.
  • Never mix chemical wastes together and never reuse any pesticide or chemical containers for other purposes.
  • Consider alternatives for common household chores (i.e., baking soda, vinegar, etc.), as well as offering unused portions to neighbors, friends, family, etc. 

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS for collection include:

  • Aerosols
  • Antifreeze, oil filters
  • Automotive cleaners & fluids
  • Bug & pest spray and mothballs
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s, UV, tubes, spirals, etc.)
  • Fungicides and wood treating chemicals
  • Grease & rust solvents
  • Household cleaners (oven, toilet, drain, carpet, window, disinfectant, all-purpose, etc.)
  • Insecticides, pesticides, bug sprays
  • Lead and oil-based paint
  • Mercury, thermostats, thermometers
  • Metal polishes
  • Mineral spirits, turpentine
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceutical waste (expired/unused medications, vitamins, liquid medications, pet medications, and medicated lotions and lotions)
  • Photo chemicals
  • Poisons and corrosives
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Upholstery & rug cleaners
  • Waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline, ect.)
  • Weed killers, moth balls
  • Wood cleaners, polishes, waxes
  • Wood Stains, varnishes, sealants


  • Alkaline batteries
  • Asbestos
  • Empty containers
  • Etiological, pathological, or medical waste (SHARPS)
  • Explosives, ammunition, or fireworks
  • Motor oil
  • Smoke detectors and radioactive materials
  • Waste in containers larger than 10 gallons


  • UCRRA accepts electronics for FREE recycling Mon. to Fri., 8am to 3pm, except Holidays, at the Admin Office at 999 Flatbush Road, Kingston.  
  • Acceptable electronics include: TVs (all sizes), CPUs, monitors, laptops, printers, scanners, fax machines, keyboards, mice, speakers, copiers, VCR/DVD players, MP3 players, digital converter boxes, cable/satellite receivers, CD players, phones/phone equipment, cell phones, video game consoles, digital cameras, PDAs/calculators, stereos/radios, electric typewriters, small household appliances.


  • Latex paint is not hazardous as it is comprised mostly of water.
  • To dispose of latex paint, solidify and place in your curbside trash. To solidify latex paint: Allow the paint to dry by removing the lid and allowing liquids to evaporate. This works well for small quantities of paint (an inch or two in the bottom of the can), and can take several days. Latex paint can also be solidified by mixing in an equal amount of an absorbent material and allowed to dry. Use cat litter, sawdust, plaster of Paris, oil dry, or “waste paint hardeners” found at home improvement stores. When thoroughly dry, the remaining hardened paint should be placed in a garbage bag discarded with your regular trash.
  • Never throw liquid paint in the regular trash – when trash is compacted, the paint can may be crushed and the liquid paint may seep out of a waste collection vehicle onto your street.