The Development Authority of the North Country, in cooperation with its regional county partners and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will be sponsoring three free household hazardous waste collection days in the fall to help residents in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties properly dispose of certain hazardous materials. Out of an abundance of caution, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the traditional spring household hazardous waste collection days will not be held this year.
The collection days will be September 12 in Lowville at the Lewis County Transfer Station; September 19 in Canton at the St. Lawrence County Human Services Building and; October 3 in Watertown at the Jefferson County Highway Garage. More information on the events will be available as the dates get closer.
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.