OSWEGO COUNTY – Ever wondered what to do with your kid’s old chemistry kit or that bucket of expired pool chemicals?
Residents of Oswego County will soon be able to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, pesticides and other household hazardous waste when the county’s household hazardous waste facility reopens for the season on Wednesday, May 4.
Located at the Bristol Hill Landfill, 3125 State Route 3, Volney, the facility will be open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. from May through September.
The program is operated by the Oswego County Solid Waste Department and is free to residents of Oswego County. The Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program is sponsored by the Oswego County Legislature and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
“Many residents have household hazardous waste in their homes or garages,” Oswego County Solid Waste Department Acting Director Carl Schmidof said. “It just means that the materials can be flammable, toxic, corrosive or reactive, like a can of oil-based paint, a can of antifreeze or fluorescent bulbs.
“It is important that people handle and dispose of these items correctly to avoid injury to themselves, their children or pets and to protect the environment,” he added. “We therefore encourage residents to take advantage of this facility when preparing to dispose of these items. There is no charge for the service.
Customers must park their vehicle on the side of the building, which is located between the transfer station and the solid waste offices. Drivers must remain in their vehicle and wait for materials to be unloaded by solid waste personnel. For safety reasons, please do not bring children or pets to the collection site.
The following items are accepted at the collection point:
adhesives, sprays, antifreeze, automotive batteries, lightweight ballasts (non-PCB), brake fluid, cements, degreasers, disinfectants, dry gas, flea products, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, hobby chemicals, household cleaners, insect repellents, hairspray, liquids lighters, lubricants, appliances containing mercury, oil-based paints (no latex paints will be accepted), paint strippers and thinners, pesticides, swimming pool chemicals, rat poison, carpet and upholstery cleaners, solvents, turpentine, varnishes, weedkillers and wood stains.
Materials must be in their original containers with tags and placed in sturdy cardboard boxes in the rear of the vehicle. Leaking containers should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in a clear plastic bag.
Schmidt also announced a new change coming to the household hazardous waste facility. “In the past, cans of dried latex paint could only be thrown in the trash,” Schmidt said. “However, New York State plans to roll out a post-consumer paint collection program that will allow us to begin accepting latex and water-based paints at the facility. We are currently working with the State and a vendor to finalize the details and we will have more information once we are ready to launch the program.”
Used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are still accepted year-round at transfer stations.
There is no charge for county residents to recycle electronic equipment such as computer monitors, microwave ovens, fax machines and televisions. There is a $15 fee to recycle appliances that contain CFC refrigerant.
Oswego County businesses that generate small amounts of hazardous waste and meet regulatory requirements can also use the facility. Business owners should contact the Office of Solid Waste to find out if they qualify and to get an estimate of material disposal costs.
For more information, call the Oswego County Solid Waste Office weekdays at 315-591-9200, or visit the Oswego County Solid Waste Department website at: www.oswegocounty.com/solidwaste.