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Schenectady County Legislature Announces Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

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The Schenectady County Legislature announced the return of the Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program for 2022.

The program allows County residents to bring unwanted hazardous chemicals from around their homes to SUNY Schenectady for safe and environmentally sound disposal. This is a free program for Schenectady County residents. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at or by calling (518) 388-4775.

“The overwhelming response we received from the public at our last event in December shows just what an important resource these events are for the community,” said Schenectady County Legislator Richard Ruzzo, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Conservation, Renewable Energy & Parks Committee. “While the pandemic severely limited our ability to hold these events over the last 2 years, we are excited to announce that Schenectady County will offer 4 events in 2022 to help residents safely dispose of common household chemicals, including paint, cleaning supplies and lawn chemicals, in an environmentally smart and friendly way.”

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022

Time: 8:30am – 11:30pm

Location: SUNY Schenectady’s back parking lot, 78 Washington Ave.

Participants should enter via the ramps off State Street. The Washington Avenue entrance will be exit-only.

Accepted Items

Acceptable items include leftover or unused household cleaners, paints and paint-related items (with the exception of empty paint containers), lawn and garden chemicals and automobile fluids (except motor oil), and a variety of other hazardous chemicals found around the house. Bring items in their original container with the original label if possible.

The HHW collection does not accept used motor oil, lighting, batteries, asbestos, explosives (including ammunition), smoke detectors, medical waste, grill-sized propane tanks or larger, electronics including televisions, computers or computer accessories, or empty aerosol or paint containers.

Only materials from residential households will be accepted. No waste from commercial, industrial, institutional, or not-for-profits will be accepted.

The County anticipates holding 3 additional HHW events this summer and into the fall. Dates, times and locations will be announced in the future. Follow Schenectady County on Facebook (@SchenectadyCounty) for the latest information.

For additional information about the HHW program, visit or email