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 residents to dispose of hazardous materials.  
  • Participants must make an appointment. Registration opens 2-3 months before each event.  
  • Events are open to Ulster County households ONLYMaterials from businesses, schools, farms, or organizations are NOT accepted. Businesses, schools, etc. should contact a Hazardous Waste/Environmental Services Company.

2019 Event Schedule

Registration is now open for the Saturday July 20th collection event in New Paltz.

Click here to register! 

  • April 13 UCRRA Office, 999 Flatbush Rd., Kingston (385 participants!) 
  • July 20 NYSDEC Region 3 Office, 21 S. Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz
  • October 19 UCRRA Office, 999 Flatbush Rd., Kingston

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

  • Household hazardous wastes are products or chemicals that are toxic, caustic, flammable, or chemically reactive. Look for labels such as: Warning, Caution, Danger, Poisonous, Toxic, Flammable.
  • Never put these items in the trash – HHW could injure sanitation workers, damage equipment, start fires, or leak into the environment.
  • Never pour chemicals down the drain – HHW could pollute our water supplies or damage plumbing septic systems. 
  • Care must be taken to properly use, store, and dispose of hazardous products so not harm people, pets, and the environment. Children are particularly vulnerable to HHW exposure. Store hazardous chemicals in a locked cabinet or in an elevated location, away from furnaces, electrical panels, or other heat sources.
  • Always carefully read the label and follow all directions for using and storing chemicals and other hazardous materials. Never mix chemicals together or use chemicals for other unintended purposes.
  • Many alternatives exist for common household cleaning products (i.e., baking soda, vinegar, borax, lemon juice, etc.) Reduce your use!  

Testimonials – April 2019

“This was my first time and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to do.”

“I’m so glad you do this three times a year! I wouldn’t want the chemicals to go in the trash.”

“Easy program to use.”

“Always organized well and efficiently. Nice helpers onsite. Thank you!”

 “It was all in all a very pleasant experience. The staff were very friendly and courteous. The reminder emails were great reminders.”

“We truly appreciate this event. Discarding waste the appropriate way is a good feeling.”

“I was so happy to have tried this service. It was my first rodeo!!! Everyone was so helpful and informative. For some reason this always intimidated me, but I will use this service when I need to without hesitation. My appointment was easy to make. I even got a voicemail with a reminder! Great all the way around!”

“Thank you for this important service as well as the professional and friendly staff!”

“I’m grateful that you hold these events; it’s so important to keep these materials out of our landfills. The vast majority of people still don’t know about proper HHW disposal. Thank you for your efforts, and for holding these events.”

“The organization when I got there was FANTASTIC! Such kindness and help from everyone that helped me. EVERYTHING greatly appreciated!”

“I told everyone about how easy it was and how well organized the day was. Hats off to a job well done.”

“Really appreciate these events and the work of the UCRRA employees!”

 

ACCEPTABLE MATERIALS for collection include:

  • Aerosols
  • Automotive cleaners & fluids (antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, oil filters, etc.)
  • Bug spray, insecticides, pesticides, rat poisons, mothballs
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s, UV, tubes, spirals, etc.)
  • Household cleaners (oven, toilet, drain, carpet, window, disinfectant, all-purpose, etc.)
  • Lawn & garden chemicals
  • Lead and oil-based paints, spray paints, etc. 
  • Mercury, thermostats, thermometers

  • Mineral spirits, turpentine
  • Pharmaceutical waste (expired/unused medications, vitamins, liquid medications, pet medications, and medicated lotions and lotions)
  • Photo chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Stains, sealants, varnishes,
  • Waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline, propane, etc.)
  • Wood cleaners & stains (polishes, waxes, varnishes, sealants, etc.) 

DO NOT BRING THE FOLLOWING:

NOT ACCEPTED AT THESE EVENTS:

  • Alkaline batteries
  • Asbestos
  • Empty containers
  • Electronics
  • Etiological, pathological, or medical waste (SHARPS)
  • Explosives, ammunition, or fireworks
  • Latex paint
  • Motor oil
  • Smoke detectors
  • Radioactive materials
  • Waste in containers larger than 10 gallons
  • Waste generated from businesses, farms, schools, or other organizations

WHY ARE ELECTRONICS NOT ACCEPTED AT THE EVENTS?

  • UCRRA accepts electronics for FREE Mon. to Fri., 8am to 3pm, except Holidays, at the Admin Office at 999 Flatbush Road, Kingston.  
  • Click here for a more information on our electronics recycling program, including accepted items.

WHY IS LATEX PAINT NOT ACCEPTED AT THE EVENT?

  • Latex paint is water-based, and is not considered hazardous. Check the label to identify if the paint is latex or oil-based. If you have latex paint, you can dispose of it in your regular trash * after it has been dried out*  Never throw liquid paint in the regular trash! 
  • If you have a half full or mostly full can of paint, consider donating it if it is in good condition. Ask your neighbors, share with friends or family members. If the paint is not in a usable condition, follow these steps.
    6 Easy Steps to Dispose of Latex Paint
    1. Find a well ventilated area to work.
    2. Make sure the can is no more than half full. If not, pour the excess into another container, such as a box lined with a garbage bag. For smaller quantities: allow the paint to dry by removing the lid and allowing liquids to evaporate.
    3. Add a 1:1 ratio of clay based cat litter, sawdust, sand, plaster of Paris, oil dry, or “waste paint hardeners” found at home improvement stores.
    4. Stir paint and hardening material together.
    5. Allow mixture to dry until hardened (usually 1-2 days).
    6. Once dry, dispose of paint can in the trash.