Chairman’s Update – County Facility Offers a Safe Disposal Option for Hazardous Household Products

By Fred C. Beardsley,
Chairman – Oswego County Legislature

Common household products such as aerosol sprays, pesticides, or paint thinners can be harmful to our environment if they are dumped by the side of the road or placed in a landfill. With summer just around the corner, many of us are cleaning out garages and basements and getting rid of old pool chemicals, cleaning fluids, and other outdated household items.

Years ago, Oswego County didn’t have a good permanent disposal method for residents who were looking for ways to get rid of household hazardous waste products. However, thanks to a grant from former State Senator James Wright and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Oswego County Legislature and Department of Solid Waste opened a permanent disposal facility at the Bristol Hill Solid Waste Landfill, 3125 NYS Route 3, Volney.

The collection facility is open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Sept. 26, and Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. until Sept. 29.

This method of household hazardous waste management has proven to be more cost-effective than holding single-day collection events.

The household hazardous waste facility offers a convenient way for people to dispose of unwanted pesticides, cleansers, and similar products. The driver doesn’t even need to get out of his or her vehicle. Members of the solid waste staff remove the materials and sort and re-package them. Waste products are stored in a secure area until a sufficient quantity has accumulated for shipping.

Materials should be kept in their original containers and placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. Leaking containers should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in a clear plastic bag.

For safety reasons, smoking is prohibited in the unloading area and children and pets should be left at home.

When lines are long, cars may be turned away so that materials can be processed prior to the facility’s closing.

Residents may bring the following items to the collection facility:

Acids, adhesives, aerosols, airplane glue, antifreeze, auto batteries, brake fluid, cements, charcoal lighters, chemistry sets, chlorine, cleaning fluids, compact fluorescent bulbs, corrosives, degreasers, dioxin pesticides, disinfectants, drain cleaners, dry gas, epoxies, fiberglass resins, flea products, furniture polish, hair removers, herbicides, hobby chemicals, inks, insecticides, insect repellents, lacquers, lighter fluids, lubricants, mercury containing devices such as thermometers, moth balls and flakes, nail polish and remover, “no pest” strips, oil-based paints, oven cleaners, paint removers and thinners, pesticides, permanent solutions, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, rat poisons, rug and upholstery cleaners, rust solvents, silvex pesticide, spot removers, toilet bowl cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, turpentine, varnish, waste fuels, weed killers, wood preservatives, and wood stains.

Latex paints are not accepted at the hazardous waste collection facility.

Unwanted latex paint should be allowed to harden in the paint can and placed in the trash.

Used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are accepted at the Oswego County transfer stations.

Businesses may use the hazardous waste collection facility by appointment.

For more information, and to receive a quote to dispose of materials, call the Solid Waste Office weekdays at 591-9200.

Additional information is available on the Solid Waste Department’s website at http://www.oswegocounty.com/dsw/index.html

Residents may also call the transfer stations and recycling drop-off centers: Bristol Hill: 591-9211; Hannibal: 564-5623; Hastings: 668-8821; Oswego recycling center: 349-3420; or Pulaski: 298-6062; or the Oswego County Solid Waste Office at 591-9200.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer, and thank you for doing your part to keep Oswego County green!