Schenectady County Announces 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Program

The Schenectady County Legislature today announced the return of the Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program for 2017. The program allows County residents to bring unwanted hazardous chemicals from around their homes to the Schenectady County Yard Waste Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center at 24 Hetcheltown Rd. or the Schenectady County Public Works Facility at 100 Keller Ave., for safe and environmentally sound disposal.

The first collection event is April 18, 2017.  Pre-registration is required by registering on-line  or by calling (518) 386-2225 (Tuesdays and Fridays).  The program is available only to Schenectady County residents with the purchase of a Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center permit.  The cost of the permit is $20 for the calendar year and can be purchased at the Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center or the Schenectady County Finance Office at 620 State Street, 3rd Floor, Schenectady, 12305.  Space is limited for each date so make sure to register early.

“We all want to do what’s best for our families and this program is a great way for our residents to protect them from these household hazards,” said Legislator Holly Vellano, Chair of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, Renewable Energy & Parks.  “I encourage all of our residents to look in their garage or basement for that left over paint, cleaning supplies and lawn chemicals, and bring them for safe disposal in an environmentally friendly way.”

The program will be offered on Saturdays from April through November, 2017 (with the exception of April when it will be held on a Tuesday).  All collections will take place at the Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center or the Schenectady County Public Works facility on Keller Avenue from 8am until 12noon .

The 2017 dates are:


Tues., April 18 Compost Facility                  ♦    August 26 Compost Facility
May 13 Keller Avenue                  ♦     September 16 Compost Facility
June 24 Compost Facility                  ♦      October 14 Keller Avenue
July 22 Compost Facility                  ♦       November 4 Compost Facility

Acceptable items include used or unwanted fluorescent tubes, unwanted paints, solvents, household cleaners, drain de-cloggers, lawn and garden chemicals, automobile fluids (except motor oil and anti-freeze), pool chemicals, photo chemicals and a variety of other hazardous chemicals found around the house.

The HHW collection does not accept used motor oil, anti-freeze, computer or other electronic components, fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), medical waste, smoke detectors, grill sized propane cylinders, fire extinguishers, firearms, explosives, ammunition, asbestos or any empty cans or containers.  To find out how to recycle these items, visit the Hazardous Waste webpage.

Only material from residential households will be accepted.  No waste from commercial, industrial, institutional, or non-profits will be accepted.  Schenectady County does sponsor a program for small businesses and non-profits.  Please call 386-2225 for more information on this program.

In 2016, more than 900 Schenectady County households took advantage of the program, recycling more than 9,700 gallons of hazardous liquids and 21,400 pounds of hazardous materials. 

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