Monroe County, Webster & Penfield to Host Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that the County’s Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the Towns Webster and Penfield have joined forces to hold an appointment-only one day Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection at the Town of Webster Highway Garage, 1005 Picture Parkway, on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 7:45 a.m. to 12 noon.
Most HHW (paint, flammables and other chemicals from home-use) is safe when used and stored properly. When they become unwanted and are disposed of improperly, these household wastes can become environmental hazards.
“This collection gives residents the opportunity to dispose of potentially hazardous chemicals in a safe manner-and keeps usable items out of the landfills,” said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. “This program is another outstanding example of how Monroe County is working with local partners to protect the environment and best serve local taxpayers.”
To ensure safety and reduce waiting times, appointments are required at all HHW collections. Appointments for this HHW collection will be accepted until April 19. To schedule an appointment, Penfield residents can call 340-8710 (Monday – Thursday 7am – 4:30pm) and Webster residents should call 872-1443. Residents can also visit http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw to schedule an appointment. This collection is open to all Monroe County residents. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.
Up to 30 gallons of the following materials will be accepted per appointment at no charge:
· Oil-based & Latex Paint (for 1/3-gallon or less of Latex Paint: discard lid, add kitty litter, let dry, place can in trash)
· Wood Stain & Preservatives
· Automotive Fluids (antifreeze; brake, power steering and transmission fluids)
· Pesticides & Fertilizers
· Flammable Products (gasoline, kerosene, thinners, strippers, solvents)
· Household Cleaners (liquid soaps & waxes, drain cleaners, etc.)
· Driveway Sealer
· Pool & Photo Chemicals
· Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) & Button Batteries
· Mercury (thermometers, thermostats)
· Syringes/Sharps (safely packaged)
Do Not Bring: used motor oil & vehicle batteries (contact service station or retailer); Pharmaceutical Wastes, Propane tanks (permanent HHW facility only); cans with dried paint (if it rattles when shaken – remove lid and place in trash); empty containers (trash or recycle); everyday alkaline batteries (trash); glazing/spackle & joint compounds (trash).
If residents are unable to take advantage of this one day HHW collection, the County offers others throughout the year. For more information, or for business waste disposal options, call DES at 753-7600 (option 3), or visit www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark