Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Event information can be found here.

Hazardous Waste is any chemical substance or material that is flammable, toxic, chemically reactive, or caustic. These substances require special disposal because they pose serious risks to the environment and sanitation workers if they enter the waste stream or water supply. Never pour these substances down the drain, never throw these substances into the garbage.

Always make sure that you are properly storing these substances out of reach of children and pets and away from any heat sources or electrical outlets and wiring. Always keep these substances in their original container. There are many non-toxic alternatives to using common household cleaning products. We offer educational resources if you'd like to learn how. 

Safe Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

Schenectady County hosts free, monthly collection events for residents of the county to safely dispose of their household chemicals. 

Here's how the program works:

1) Sign up for an event by registering online through the  Schenectady County website. Registration is required. 

2) Make sure you familiarize yourself with which materials are accepted at the event. 

3) Keep all substances in their original container if possible or clearly label the contents of bottles.

Examples of Hazardous Substances Accepted at Schenectady County Collection Events:

  • Bleach
  • Ammonia containing cleaning products
  • Paints
  • Solvents
  • Wood stains, varnishes, sealants
  • metal polishes
  • Drain de-clogging agents
  • lawn and garden chemicals
  • fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides, pesticides
  • bug sprays
  • transmission or brake fluids
  • swimming pool chemicals
  • propane cylinders
  • fireworks
  • turpentine
  • mercury thermostats
  • rodenticides or other poisons

DO NOT bring these items to the County Collection Event

  • fluorescent light bulbs or any other type of lighting (CFLS should be brought to a local home improvement store such as Lowes, Home Depot, or Aubuchon Hardware)
  • smoke detectors (Smoke detectors contain a small amount of radioactive material. They need to be sent back to the manufacturer of the device.)
  • ammunition
  • fire extinguishers (Contact 518-880-4110 for safe disposal)
  • medical waste (Needles and sharps can be taken to a hospital for disposal. Make sure you are safely transporting sharps in an appropriate sealed container)
  • antifreeze (Bring to select automotive service stations. Call the Recycling Educator for list of locations near you) 
  • motor oil (Bring to automotive service stations)
  • batteries  (visit to find a drop-off location near you)
  • large propane tanks (exchange empty tanks for full tanks at participating locations, or call 518-650-1553 to safely dispose of a semi-full tank) 

These materials are still considered hazardous waste and special disposal programs do exist for these items. Call the Recycling Educator to request more information about these items

This program is for residents of Schenectady County only, limited to one carload per family. No waste from commercial, industrial, or institutional or non-profit generators is allowed. Call 386-2225 to request information about the County sponsored program for these generators.

All collection days are scheduled from 8am -noon. The May and October collection events take place at the Public Works 100 Kellar Ave in Rotterdam. All other collection events take place at the County Recycling Facility 24 Hetcheltown Rd in Glenville. 

Last updated April 12, 2023