The last day for the 2020 season of Household Hazardous Waste collection (i.e. paints and chemicals) at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s (Authority) EcoDrop Utica will be Wednesday, September 30th. Household Hazardous Waste collection will reopen on April 1st, 2021.
Since the inception of the Household Hazardous Waste program in 1992, the Authority has safely disposed of over 1 million gallons of hazardous waste.
The Authority’s EcoDrop Utica, located at the end of Leland Avenue Ext., will accept household hazardous waste from residents of Oneida and Herkimer County, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Saturday from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM through the month of September.
The Authority would like to remind residents that face coverings or masks are required to be worn while at its facilities until further notice.
The Household Hazardous Waste program was designed to accept waste products from homes that can cause problems for humans and our environment when discarded improperly. Examples of wastes accepted include oil-based and latex paints, pesticides, oven cleaners and photographic chemicals. Once received, items are sorted by hazard class and properly disposed or recycled.
Electronics/televisions/computer equipment, propane cylinders (under 100 lbs.), fluorescent light bulbs and many other common household items are accepted year-round at the Utica and Rome EcoDrop, at no charge.
Households are allowed to drop off 14 wet gallons and/or 20 dry pounds of waste per trip. Liquid paint may be brought to EcoDrop Utica, however, empty paint cans or cans with hardened paint should be placed in the garbage. You must remove all covers before placing them in the garbage.
Certain businesses may also qualify to use the facility. To obtain approval, please call Superintendent of Waste Collection William Schrader at (315) 733-1224 ext. 1100.
If you are not sure how to properly recycle or dispose of an item, the Authority encourages residents to visit its easy-to-use tool at www.AmIRecyclable.com to search hundreds of different items and learn all of the answers.
To request an EcoDrop brochure featuring a list of acceptable waste and map to the facility, please call the Authority office at (315) 733-1224 or visit the website at www.ohswa.org.