Schenectady County Residents Recycle More Than 99,000 Pounds of Hazardous Material during Successful 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program

Household Hazardous Waste

Anthony Jasenski, Sr., Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature today announced that the Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program was a huge success in 2018, collecting more 99,000 pounds of hazardous materials.  More than 400 drums of materials were collected from 922 participants.

“This program continues our pro-active efforts to make Schenectady County a better place for our families,” said Chair Jasenski. “The Legislature believes it is important that our residents are able to safely dispose of these materials in an environmentally friendly way that minimizes the risk of exposure by our children, pets, neighbors, and first responders.”

Seven collection events were held from May until November that allowed County residents to bring unwanted hazardous chemicals from around their homes for safe and environmentally sound disposal.  None of the material collected by the program is landfilled in their hazardous form. Flammable material and paint are blended and used for fuel. Acids and bases are chemically neutralized before disposal and pesticides are destroyed at high temperatures in hazardous waste incinerators.

The Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program is just one of many green initiatives by the County Legislature.  As far back as 2008 Schenectady County began efforts to make county government more environmentally efficient and friendly by reducing the County’s energy consumption and reducing emissions to protect our environment for future generations.  Schenectady County currently has numerous solar projects producing approximately sixty percent of power at all County facilities, upgraded LED facility lighting and installed energy management systems at County owned and leased office space, and adopted the goal of reaching 100 percent energy independence by December 31, 2020.  Schenectady County has also partnered with our local municipalities to create an solar energy consortium that could save County, Town, City and Village taxpayers millions of dollars through energy independence.  This is why Schenectady County is proud to be one of the first counties in New York State to be designated a Certified Climate Smart Community.

Schenectady County also offers a separate Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG) program for schools, small business and not-for-profit organizations three times a year.

CLICK HERE for more information.  Dates for the 2019 program will be posted in March.