Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Putnam residents can dispose of toxics May 2

Putnam County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day for Putnam County residents on Saturday, May 2. The Putnam County Department of Health and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are co-sponsoring the free event, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon (rain or shine) at the Canopus Beach parking area, Fahnestock State Park, Route 301, in Kent.

Improper storage or disposal of hazardous waste poses a health risk to residents and their families.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell maintains HHW Collection Day in the budget as an opportunity for Putnam County residents to safely dispose of toxic materials such as household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil-based paint (not latex), automotive solvents, thinners, mothballs, rodent poisons, gasoline, kerosene, small propane tanks (up to 20-pound size), etc. Disposal items will only be accepted if they are labeled and identifiable.

Items that will not be accepted are water-based paints (latex), used oil, lead-acid batteries, plastic bags, batteries, tires, electronic waste or any materials from commercial establishments. For a complete list of items being accepted, visit the Health Department website at

Preregistration is required. Call early to reserve a spot. Call the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390, ext. 43150, with questions about the event or to preregister.

Call your local town for information regarding electronic waste disposal. Also, note that household hazardous waste items will not be accepted at any of the town electronic waste dropoff locations.

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