Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste Program

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Thank you for another successful Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection events allow County residents to bring unwanted hazardous chemicals from around their homes for safe and environmentally sound disposal.  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.

The 2017 dates

April 18 Compost Facility, 24 Hetcheltown Rd., Glenville
May 13  100 Keller Ave., Rotterdam
June 24 Compost Facility, 24 Hetcheltown Rd., Glenville
July 22 Compost Facility, 24 Hetcheltown Rd., Glenville
August 26 Compost Facility, 24 Hetcheltown Rd., Glenville
September 16 Compost Facility, 24 Hetcheltown Rd., Glenville
October 14   100 Keller Ave., Rotterdam
November 4 Compost Facility, 24 Hetcheltown Rd., Glenville

Acceptable items for disposal 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.  Fluorescent tubes and ballasts that are no longer than four feet are accepted.

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.

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.

Resident Permits

An annual permit for the County Compost Facility and Recycling Center is required in order to participate in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. The permit cost is $20 and must be purchased prior to the date of the collection you are attending.

The Schenectady County Hazardous Waste Reduction Program provides information for residents, small businesses, schools and non-profits on how to get rid of leftover and unwanted hazardous chemical items.  Information is also provided to show you how to reduce the use of toxic materials at your home or business. Hazardous waste addressed by the program includes paints, solvents, cleaning chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automobile fluids, fluorescent light bulbs, computers, television sets, and cell phones.

Household hazardous chemicals are any products in the home which are labeled as flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive. Any labeling that indicates danger also signifies the presence of hazardous chemicals. Household hazardous chemicals can be found in many places around the home and they pose a variety of health and environmental risks.

  • Flammable indicates that a product may easily catch fire. Flammable products should not be stored near heating sources like furnaces, stoves, space heaters or electrical wiring.
  • Toxic indicates that a product can poison you by eating or drinking small quantities of it. It may also poison you if you breathe it in or even touch it. It is important to keep toxic substances away from children and pets.
  • Corrosive indicates that a product can chemically burn you by touching it or even by breathing it in.
  • Reactive means that a dangerous reaction can occur when two or more substances are mixed or interact with each other. The reaction can be the emitting of hazardous fumes or even an explosion.

There are a variety of programs in Schenectady County for the disposal of household hazardous waste. Some of these programs are public and some are private.




Jeff Edwards
Planner &
County Recycling Coordinator

Dept. of Economic Dev. & Planning
Schaffer Heights, Suite 303
107 Nott Terrace
Schenectady NY 12308
(518) 386-2225 (p)
(518) 382-5539 (f)

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