Oswego County HHW Facility Opens In May

VOLNEY – Oswego County residents will once again be able to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, pesticides, and other hazardous waste products at the Oswego County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility at the Bristol Hill Landfill, 3125 State Route 3.

The facility re-opens on May 2 and will run through September 29.

Regular hours of operation for the 2012 season are Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m.

The service is free to Oswego County residents and is sponsored by the Oswego County Legislature and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

“This is the fourth year that the county has been able to provide a household hazardous waste collection facility for its residents,” said Frank Visser, director of the Oswego County Department of Solid Waste. “The program has proven to be a convenient and cost-effective way to dispose of unwanted hazardous waste.”

Customers should pull their vehicle up to the side of the building, which is located near the transfer station and solid waste offices. Drivers should remain in their vehicles and wait for materials to be unloaded by the solid waste department staff. For safety reasons, people should not bring children or pets to the collection site.

Smoking is prohibited in the unloading area.

The following items are accepted at the HHW facility: acids, adhesives, aerosols, airplane glue, antifreeze, auto batteries, light ballasts (non PCB), brake fluid, cements, charcoal lighters, chemistry sets, chlorine, cleaning fluids, compact fluorescent lamps and light bulbs and items that contain mercury, corrosives, degreasers, dioxin pesticides, disinfectants, drain cleaners, dry gas, epoxies, fiberglass resins, flea products, fluorescent lamps and light bulbs, furniture polish, hair removers, herbicides, hobby chemicals, inks, insecticides and insect repellents.

Also, lacquers, lighter fluids, lubricants, moth balls and flakes, nail polish and remover, “no pest” strips, oil-based paints, oven cleaners, paint removers and thinners, permanent solutions, pesticides, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, rat poisons, rubber cements, rug and upholstery cleaners, rust solvents, silvex, solvents, spot removers, toilet bowl cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, turpentine, varnish, waste fuels, weed killers, wood preservatives and wood stains.

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

Dried latex paint, used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are accepted year-round for recycling at all county transfer stations.

There is a $15 fee to recycle appliances that contain CFC refrigerant; however, there is no longer a charge for recycling electronics equipment such as computer monitors, microwave ovens, fax machines and televisions.

“The Department of Solid Waste also accepts hazardous wastes from Oswego County businesses that meet the regulatory requirements,” said Legislator James Oldenburg, District 14, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. “Business owners should contact the solid waste office to find out if they qualify and to obtain a cost estimate for disposal of materials.”

In addition to Oldenburg, the Infrastructure and Facilities Committee includes Committee Vice Chairman Kevin Gardner, District 13; John J. Martino, District 6; David M. Holst, District 4; Linda Lockwood, District 11; Daniel Chalifoux, District 19; and Jacob A. Mulcahey, District 15.

For information, call the Oswego County Department of Solid Waste at 315-591-9200 or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/dsw.shtml