Hazardous Waste Disposal
Many workplace hazardous waste products can be potentially harmful to people and the environment. When these products are disposed of improperly, they can become hazardous.
The Authority has a specially-designed Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for receiving, sorting, packaging and storing household hazardous waste material.
This facility is designed to serve Oneida and Herkimer Counties’ residents and select businesses. There is no charge for residents to drop off household hazardous waste.
SERVICES FOR SELECT BUSINESSES
Small quantity hazardous waste generators in Oneida and Herkimer Counties that are considered conditionally-exempt may use the facility. These include small businesses, schools and farms. Businesses of all sizes can arrange to drop off certain universal wastes such as fluorescent bulbs and batteries. To obtain approval, call the Authority’s Main Office at 733-1224.
HAZARDOUS WASTE CAN BE MINIMIZED
- Learn about the products you use, and about nontoxic or less toxic alternatives.
- If you buy potentially hazardous products, purchase only what you need.
- Read labels carefully, observe precautions for use and storage.
- Never bury waste, dump it along the side of the road, or pour it into a drain.
- Use only the amounts recommended on the label.
- Check containers to see if they have deteriorated. If so, safely dispose of them and the materials before the containers leak.
Alkaline batteries should be placed in your workplace trash for disposal. Previously, alkaline battery disposal posed environmental threat, however mercury has been phased out of production.
WHAT TYPES OF WASTE ARE ACCEPTED?
This facility gives you the opportunity to dispose of many unused, unwanted, or outdated products. The following are acceptable business materials (in small quanities):
ACCEPTED APRIL – SEPTEMBER
- Cleaning Solvents & Degreasers
- Drain Cleaners
- Furniture Stripper
- Oil-Based & Latex Paints
- Paint Thinners
- Photographic Chemicals
- Rust Preventatives & Removers
- Wood Preservatives
- Automobile Batteries
- Electronics & Computer Equipment (See Electronics Recycling)
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs*
- Rechargeable Batteries
* Used fluorescent lamps/bulbs are considered hazardous waste due to their mercury content. Fluorescent lamps/bulbs may not be placed in the trash dumpster. Contact the Authority for the proper recycling and disposal of this material.
We urge you to dispose of your hazardous wastes safely. Make your workplace safer and cleaner by bringing your hazardous wastes to our collection facility.