Household hazardous waste can pose a significant problem. Outdated prescription drugs can cause unintended side effects or worse. Old paints, cleaning products and other chemicals pose a threat to ground water and can even be a fire hazard.
But, they can't just be tossed in the garbage, so what should be done with them?
The St. Lawrence County Department of Solid Waste will accept these items and more at their collection day, Jun 8, at the old Village DPW Site (off state highway 420) 536 south Main Street, Massena, NY.
They are accepting the following items for turn-in, free of charge:
- Electronics: to include computers central processing units (CPUs), Cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors, television sets, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs))
- Solvents (including old gasoline, old kerosene, thinners, methyl-ethyl ketone, acetone, toluene, xylene, methylene chloride, etc.)
- Household batteries (button/nickel-metal hydride/nickel-cadmium)
- Pesticides (solid, liquid and poisons)
- Miscellaneous vehicle fluids (except recyclable, used motor oil)
- Fluorescent light tubes and ballasts and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
- Adhesives Epoxy resins
- Antifreeze Polishes and Waxes
- Pool Chemicals Driveway sealers
- Oil-based paints and stains Wood preservatives
- Household cleaning products Corrosives
- Aerosol cans Home chemistry sets
- Photography chemicals Products containing Mercury
Prescription drugs will also be accepted. Old, outdated or unused prescription drugs are often flushed away and that can cause contanimation of the ground and drinking water. Don't flush these drugs, instead turn them in for free.
The following types of waste will not be accepted:
- Electronics: microwave ovens, stereo systems
- Latex paint (Should be dried out and disposed of in regular trash.)
- Materials containing PCB’s (poly-chlorinated biphenyls)
- Waste oil, unless contaminated with another fluid such as solvents
- Non-residential hazardous waste (such as from commercial or institutional waste generators)
- Smoke detectors, Radioactive materials
- Unsorted solid waste
- Tires and Automotive batteries
- Infectious waste
- Construction and demolition debris Non-hazardous recyclable materials
- Explosives, flares and munitions Business or agricultural waste
If you have questions, or need directions you can contact the St. Lawrence County Department of Solid Waste at 315-379-9084 or visit their webiste.