Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that the County’s Department of Environmental Services (DES) has partnered with the Town of Greece to hold an appointment-only household hazardous waste (HHW) collection at the Greece Department of Public Works on Long Pond Road on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Most HHW (paint, flammables, and chemicals for home use) is safe when used and stored properly. When they become unwanted and are improperly disposed, these household wastes can become environmental hazards.
“These collections benefit Monroe County twofold – they give our residents the opportunity to safely dispose of potentially hazardous chemicals and they keep usable items out of our landfill,” said Brooks. “HHW collections are yet another shining example of how the County is working collaboratively with our local municipalities to meet the needs of our residents.”
Appointments for the free HHW collection are required to ensure safety and reduce waiting times. Greece residents can schedule an appointment by calling the Town of Greece DPW at 225-4590 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Up to 30 gallons of the following materials will be accepted per appointment:
· Oil-based and latex paint (1/3 gallon or more)
· Wood stain and preservatives
· Automotive fluids (antifreeze, brake, power steering and transmission fluids)
· Pesticides and fertilizers
· Flammable products (kerosene, thinners, strippers and solvents)
· Household cleaners (liquid soaps, waxes, drain cleaners, etc.)
· Driveway sealer and pool and photo chemicals
· Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) and button batteries
· Mercury (thermometers and thermostats)
· Syringes and sharps (must be safely packaged)
· Aerosol spray cans
The following items will not be accepted:
· Used motor oil and vehicle batteries (contact service station or retailer)
· Propane tanks (only accepted at permanent HHW facility)
· Pharmaceutical wastes (www.monroecounty.gov/hhw)
· Cans of dried paint (if it rattles when shaken, put in the trash)
· Empty containers (place in the trash or recycling bin)
· Everyday alkaline batteries (place in the trash)
· Glazing, spackle and joint compounds (place in the trash)
Waste from businesses will also not be accepted. If residents are unable to take advantage of this mobile HHW collection, Monroe County offers other collection dates.
For more information, or for business waste disposal options, call Monroe County DES at 753-7600 (option 3)or schedule an appointment online at: http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw.