The Town ofNorth Elba Household Hazardous  Waste day!     

 AUDIO – 080712 – K&J SHOW – Shannon Porter

 Saturday August 11, 2012 Cascade Road Enter by the school bus garage 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Bring proof of residency

Any Questions please call: Shannon Porter (518) 523-9081  Email: sporter@northelba.org

What Types of Waste are accepted?

This event gives you the opportunity to dispose of many unused, unwanted, or outdated products. The following are acceptable materials:

  • Oil-based & latex paints
  • Paint thinners
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents & degreasers
  • Drain cleaners
  • Fertilizers
  • Furniture stripper
  • Glues/sealants
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides & pesticides (including those            banned, such as DDT and Chlordane)
  • Kerosene
  • Oven cleaners
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Polishes
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rust preventatives & removers
  • Unusable gasoline
  • Wood preservatives
  • All household batteries
  • Automobile & motorcycle batteries
  • Cooking oil & grease from deep fryers
  • Antifreeze
  • Motor oil
  • Empty propane cylinders (under 100 lbs.)


What Products are not accepted?

The following materials are not accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Event:

  • Hardened paint
  • Empty paint cans
  • Ammunition
  • Explosives
  • Controlled substances (drugs)
  • Empty containers from any waste
  • Pharmaceutical wastes
  • Radioactive wastes

Many products that we use regularly in our homes, workshops, and garages can cause problems for us and our environment. When discarded improperly, these products can become hazardous wastes. To help dispose of these materials safely; the Town ofNorth Elbawill hold an annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event forNorth Elbaresidents. Located at the Town Highway Garage building for receiving, sorting, and packaging household hazardous wastes. Disposal is arranged with a licensed household hazardous waste disposal contractor. The facility is onCascade Roadacross from the veterinarian’s office.

Hazardous Waste Tips


  • Carefully store household hazardous wastes. Then, dispose of them safely at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.
  • Both hazardous and recyclable materials should be brought to the facility in their original containers.
  • Please deliver waste for drop-off in boxes you can leave.
  • Medical sharps must be delivered in a puncture-proof covered plastic or metal container and clearly marked as “sharps”.
  • If not in their original containers, materials should be labeled clearly.
  • Do not mix your leftover paints in one can, because the recycling company will sort the paint by color and type. The recycled paint will be used as a sealer for dry wall or concrete block walls.
  • Don’t bring empty paint cans to the facility, they go into the garbage. First, remove the lids from the empty cans and make sure the paint is hardened.
  • Consider purchasing recycled paints available at many local paint and hardware stores.
  • Empty cleaner or pesticide containers go in the garbage. First, wash thoroughly and wrap securely in plastic or newspaper.
  • Never mix two potentially hazardous products together. They may be fine separately, but together they could produce toxic fumes, fires or explosions.
  • Do not use discarded food containers to store hazardous waste.

Household Hazardous Waste can be minimized

The town helps to reduce the threat that accumulated hazardous materials pose. By following a few simple guidelines, we can keep future threats to a minimum – protecting our homes, our families and our environment.

  • Learn about the products you use, and about nontoxic or less toxic alternatives.
  • If you must buy potentially hazardous products, purchase only what you need and use them up. Try sharing products to ensure the entire quantity is used. If possible, give leftover paints to a community group.
  • Read labels carefully, observe precautions for use and storage, and follow recommendations for disposal.
  • Never bury waste, dump it along the side of the road, or pour it into a drain or storm sewer.
  • Use only the amounts recommended on the label. Twice as much pesticide won’t kill twice as many pests, but it can cause more problems for the environment.
  • Check containers to see if they have deteriorated. If so, safely dispose of them and the materials before the containers start to leak.

 The Town of North Elba urges you to get rid of household hazardous waste safely! Make your home safer and cleaner by bringing your hazardous wastes to our collection event.


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