This is the time of year when we go out with the old, in with the new. While doing so, it’s important to be mindful of the waste we dispose.
From now until November 2nd the The Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency (DCRRA) will hold Household Hazardous Materials Disposal and Electronics Recycling events. Dutchess County Director of Solid Waste Management Lindsay Carille stated, “These events are a great way to get rid of all the materials you have been holding on to because you know they should not be thrown into your garbage bin. Now is the time to take an hour and safely dispose or recycle our unwanted hazardous and harmful materials while doing our spring cleaning.”
Amongst the popular items usually discarded are small electronics and compact fluorescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes. Please be advised fluorescent lighting contains small amounts of mercury and other potentially toxic heavy metals, and should never be thrown in the garbage. The HHW events offer residents a safe and easy way to dispose of these bulbs.
Below is a schedule of the remaining function dates:
Saturday, July 13nd Dutchess Stadium (Fishkill)
Saturday, August 3rd Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency*
Saturday, September 7th Cornell Cooperative Extension (Millbrook)
Saturday, October 5th Town of Rhinebeck Highway Department
Saturday, November 2nd Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency*
*Event will also feature safe medication disposal from 8am to 10am.
Residents have the opportunity to safely dispose of unused or expired medications at the HHWDD events hosted at the DCRRA location from 8am to 10am. Any prescription or over-the-counter pills, ointments, lotions and liquids can be brought for safe disposal. Liquid medications should be in its original packaging and inside sealable plastic bags. Pet medications are welcome as well. Special staffing will be present to mark out any personal identification from all medicine containers. The entire container along with its medication will be placed into a sealed waste receptacle. There is no fee for medication disposal, but pre-registration is required.