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Dinolfo Announces Southwest Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Dinolfo Announces Southwest Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced that the County’s Department of Environmental Services (DES) is hosting a joint Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection in conjunction with the Towns of Gates, Chili, Wheatland, and Riga, as well as the Villages of Scottsville and Churchville. The collection is taking place at the Town of Gates Highway Garage located at 475 Trabold Road, on Saturday, September 17th from 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

“Local governments within Monroe County have a long history of collaborating to benefit residents,” said Dinolfo.  “By offering a household hazardous waste collection out in the community, we are bringing essential services close to home while encouraging recycling and raising awareness. I hope that residents take advantage of the program during this fall-cleaning season and set aside items to be properly recycled.”

To ensure safety and reduce waiting times, appointments are being taken until Friday, September 16th and are required for all HHW collections. To schedule an appointment, please call the Town of Gates at 429-8243.
Arrangements can also be made on-line at This collection is open to all Monroe County residents. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.

Most household hazardous waste (i.e. paint, flammables and other home chemicals) is safe when used and appropriately stored. However, they can become environmental hazards when disposed of improperly. A maximum of 30 gallons of the following materials per appointment will be accepted at no charge:

·    Oil-based & Latex Paint (latex paint greater than 1/3 of a gallon)
·    Wood stain & preservatives
·    Automotive fluids and driveway sealers
·    Flammable products (gasoline, kerosene, thinners, strippers, solvents)
·    Household cleaners and pool & photo chemicals
·    Compact fluorescent light bulbs and straight fluorescent bulbs
·    Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) & button batteries
·    Thermometers and thermostats
·    Syringes/Sharps (must be safely packaged and labeled)

Do Not Bring: used motor oil & vehicle batteries (contact service station or retailer); Pharmaceutical Wastes, Propane tanks (permanent HHW facility only); cans of dried paint (if dried, 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 other collections throughout the year. For more information, or for business waste disposal options, go on-line to