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.
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.
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