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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

There are currently no Household Hazardous Waste collection events scheduled for 2021.

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 Waste

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.

Additional Information on HHW and Managing HHW: 

NYS Department of Conservation (DEC)

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Program Details

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 a Compost and Recycling Facility permit. 

Acceptable items include leftover or unused household cleaners, paints and paint related items, lawn & garden chemicals and automobile fluids (except anti-freeze and motor oil), and a variety of other hazardous chemicals found around the house. Bring items in their original container with the original label if possible.    

The HHW collection does not accept used motor oil, antifreeze, lighting, batteries, asbestos, explosives (including ammunition), smoke detectors, medical waste, grill-sized propane tanks or larger, electronics including TVs, computers or computer accessories, or empty aerosol or paint containers.

Only material from residential households will be accepted. No waste from commercial, industrial, institutional, or non-profits will be accepted. 

Collection Events

There are currently no Household Hazardous Waste collection events scheduled for 2021.


Schenectady County Recycling Center

Schenectady County also provides recycling drop-off for county residents at the Yard Waste Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center.