For safety and environmental reasons, please dispose of unwanted Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at an authorized HHW collection site. HHW is not allowed in any County Waste and Recycling container.
Leftover household products that contain toxic, corrosive, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered HHW, and require special care when you dispose of them.
Handle Household Hazardous Waste carefully to avoid injury to people and animals or damage to the environment:
HHW products commonly found in many homes, basements, and garages include:
Please contact your local city, town, county or New York Regional DEC Offices to learn where you can dispose of HHW.
New York residents are permitted to take their HHW to authorized permanent collection and storage facilities or special HHW collection events.
Because special funding is needed to support HHW locations and events, the collection site may limit use to city or county citizens and limit the type of materials accepted.
Division of Materials ManagementBureau of Solid Waste Management625 BroadwayAlbany, NY 12233-7260
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Region 3 – Phone 845-256-3123Sullivan, Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties
Region 4 – Phone 518-357-2045Montgomery, Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie, Schenectady, Albany, Greene, Rensselaer and Columbia Counties
Region 5 – Phone 518-897-1266Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, Fulton, Saratoga and Washington Counties
Reduction, reuse, recycling, and disposal are all important tools to safely manage HHW. There are numerous advantages to proper HHW management, including:
Consumers can reduce their HHW needs by simply exploring the use of alternative methods or products that don’t contain hazardous ingredients, and by continually monitoring the use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in the following ways:
Instead of buying strong household cleaners, consider making your own by mixing one quart warm water, one teaspoon liquid soap, and lemon juice or vinegar according to the strength needed for the job. Baking soda mixed with water is also an effective household cleaning agent.
To learn more, read Reduce Your Household Hazardous Waste Use on the state website.
Please do not dispose of HHW in any of these ways:
Although the dangers of these disposal methods may not be immediately apparent, these products can be harmful to the environment and threaten public health.
Certain types of HHW may cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems, and present hazards to vulnerable individuals (children and pets) if left around the house.