If you’re going to be cleaning out the garage or basement this weekend, you’ll have several opportunities to properly dispose of household hazardous waste this fall. The Development Authority of the North Country, in cooperation with its regional county partners and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, is sponsoring three free household hazardous waste collection days this fall to help residents in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties properly dispose of certain hazardous materials.
The collection days will be September 11 from 8 a.m. to noon in Lowville at the Lewis County Transfer Station; September 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Canton at the St. Lawrence County Human Services Building and; October 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Watertown at the Jefferson County Highway Garage.
Items such as solvents, pesticides, fluorescent light tubes, pool chemicals, oil-based paints and aerosol cans that still have product in them will be accepted. Empty aerosol cans, motor oil, asbestos, construction debris, explosives and latex paint will not be accepted. If paint can be cleaned up with water it is not oil-based and should be dried up and disposed of in the regular trash. Electronic waste (televisions, computers) will not be accepted, it can be recycled at most county transfer stations.
The collection events are open to residential households only; waste will not be accepted from businesses, schools, farms or municipalities.
For a complete listing of what will and will not be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days, please visit www.northcountryrecycles.org. There you can also find tips on how to dispose of items that will not be accepted at the events.