April 6, 2009
Oswego County HHW Facility Opens May 6
VOLNEY - For the first time ever, Oswego County residents will be able to bring household hazardous waste items to a permanent disposal facility this spring. The county’s new collection facility opens Wednesday, May 6, at the Bristol Hill Landfill, 3125 State Route 3. The facility will be open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. through Sept. 30.
A storage building near the landfill office has been modified for collection and storage of household hazardous waste products. Vehicles will park under a canopy at the side entrance to the building and solid waste staff will unload the materials from the vehicles. Materials will be packaged and stored inside the building until a sufficient amount has accumulated for shipping.
“At other municipalities, this method of household hazardous waste management has proven to be more cost-effective and more user-friendly than holding single day collection events,” said Frank Visser, Director of Solid Waste Programs. “People that come to these events are very conscientious.”
Visser said that customers may be turned away if the lines are long, so that materials can be processed before the closing time. The service is free to Oswego County residents. Qualifying businesses will need to make an appointment and will be charged for the disposal cost plus an administrative fee. The county received funding through former State Senator James Wright to build the permanent collection facility. The county has also applied for a grant from New York State that would reduce the disposal costs.
For safety reasons, Visser asks that people not bring children or pets to the collection site. Materials must be in their original containers and should be placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. Leaking containers should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in a clear plastic bag. Smoking is prohibited in the unloading area.
Residents may bring the following items to the collection facility:
Acids, adhesives, aerosols, antifreeze, auto batteries, brake fluid, charcoal lighters, degreasers, dioxin pesticides, disinfectants, drain cleaners, epoxies, fiberglass resins, flea products, furniture polish;
Hair removers, herbicides, inks, insecticides, insect repellents, lacquers, lighter fluids, lubricants, moth balls and flakes, nail polish and remover, “no pest” strips, oven cleaners;
Oil-based paints (no latex paints will be accepted), paint removers and thinners, pesticides, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, rat poisons, rug cleaners, rust solvents, silvex pesticide, spot removers, toilet bowl cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, turpentine, varnish, waste fuels, weed killers, wood preservatives, and wood stains.
Dried latex paint, used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are accepted year-round at all county transfer stations.
For information call the Oswego County Solid Waste Office at 591-9200, or the transfer stations at 591-9211, 564-5623, 668-8821, 349-3439, or 298-6062.
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