Schenectady County Legislature Announces 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

The Schenectady County Legislature today announced the return of the Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program for 2018. 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 Kellar Ave., Rotterdam, for safe and environmentally sound disposal.

The first collection event is May 18, 2018.  Pre-registration is required by registering on-line  or by calling (518) 372-1622 x264.  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.  Registration may close up to one week prior to the collection.

“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 Fridays and Saturdays from May through November, 2018.  All collections will take place at the Composting Facility and Resident Recycling Center or the Schenectady County Public Works facility on Kellar Avenue from 8am until 12noon .

The 2018 dates are:

Friday, May 18 Compost Facility       Friday, September 07   Compost Facility
Friday, June 08 Compost Facility   Friday, October 05  Compost Facility
Saturday, July 07  Kellar Avenue   Saturday, November 10 Kellar Avenue
Saturday, August 04 Compost Facility      


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, computers or computer accessories, or empty aeroso or empty paint containers.  To find out how to recycle these items the Hazardous Waste Disposal Program page.

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 2017, Schenectady County Residents recycled more than 7,000 gallons of hazardous liquids and 60,000 pounds of hazardous materials through the program. 

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.