- Household hazardous waste is the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals. It usually 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.
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 materials that require special handling. You must have an appointment to participate. Registration opens 1-2 months before each event. These events are open to Ulster County households only. Materials from businesses, schools, farms, or organizations are NOT accepted and should contact a Hazardous Waste Company.
2017 Event Schedule:
- April 22, 2017 @ UCRRA Office, 999 Flatbush Rd., Kingston (292 residents participated)
- July 15, 2017 @ NYSDEC Region 3 Office, 21 S. Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz
- October 21, 2017 @ UCRRA Office, 999 Flatbush Rd., Kingston
ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS for collection include:
- Antifreeze, oil filters
- Automotive cleaners & fluids
- Bug & pest spray and mothballs
- Fire extinguishers
- Fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s, UV, tubes, spirals, ect.)
- Fungicides and wood treating chemicals
- Grease & rust solvents
- Household cleaners (oven, toilet, drain, upholstery/carpet, window, disinfectant, all-purpose, ect.)
- Insecticides, pesticides, bug sprays
- Lead and oil based paint
- Mercury, thermostats, thermometers
- Metal polishes
- Mineral spirits, turpentine
- 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
DO NOT BRING THE FOLLOWING:
- Alkaline batteries
- Empty containers
- Etiological, pathological, or medical waste (SHARPS)
- Explosives, ammunition, or fireworks
- Latex Paint
- Motor oil
- Smoke detectors and radioactive materials
- Waste in containers larger than 10 gallons
NO ELECTRONICS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THESE EVENTS
- UCRRA accepts electronics for FREE recycling Monday through Friday, 8am to 3pm, at our office at 999 Flatbush Road, Kingston.
- Acceptable electronics include: TVs (all sizes and shapes), CPUs, monitors, laptops, printers, scanners, fax machines, keyboards, mice, speakers, copiers, VCR/DVD players, portable music players, digital converter boxes, cable/satellite receivers, CD players, telephones and telephone equipment, cell phones, video game consoles, digital cameras, PDAs/calculators, stereo and radio equipment, electric typewriters, microwaves, toasters, blenders, mixers, coffeemakers and other small household appliances.
LATEX PAINT IS NOT ACCEPTED AT THESE EVENTS
- 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.
Ulster County residents are encouraged to make small changes in their habits to help make a big difference in improving our environment. Through UCRRA’s web site and our Facebook page, residents can learn about solid waste management and how to be an environmentally savvy consumer. One of the easiest green steps all Ulster County residents can take, is the proper disposal of household hazardous waste by participating in one of UCRRA’s free Household Hazardous Waste & Pharmaceutical Collection Events.
Since its inception in the early 1990s, more than 25,000 Ulster County residents have safely disposed of more than 1,000 tons of household hazardous waste through the collection events. With the recent addition of the expired medication take-back, quantities of materials being collected are increasing with each event. Last year alone, over 1,500 lbs. of expired medications were collected from Ulster County households.
Collection events, which are partially funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, were created to bring hazardous waste disposal services into the community for Ulster County residents. By offering alternatives for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste, Ulster County is taking a proactive role in protecting the environment and public health by preventing these items from ending up in landfills or contaminating water sources and wastewater treatment plants.
Consider alternatives for common household chores (i.e., baking soda, vinegar, etc.), as well as offering unused portions to neighbors, friends, family, etc. Do not dispose of liquid chemicals, banned pesticides, or motor oil in the trash; do not use storm sewers for disposal of chemical waste; do not mix chemical wastes together; never reuse any pesticide or chemical containers for other purposes.
UCRRA’s Household Hazardous Waste & Pharmaceutical Collections are limited to Ulster County households only. All commercial institutions should refer to EPA’s RCRA Universal Waste laws with regard to proper disposal. Through these laws it is illegal for a commercial, institutional, or governmental entity to dispose of electronics, fluorescent bulbs, mercury, toxic chemicals, etc. in the regular municipal waste stream.