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April 19, 2011

Oswego County HHW Facility Opens May 4

VOLNEY - Are you wondering what to do with your child's old chemistry set or that pail of expired pool chemicals? Oswego County residents will be able to safely dispose of unwanted chemicals, pesticides, and other hazardous waste products beginning Wednesday, May 4, at the Oswego County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility.

Located at the Bristol Hill Landfill, 3125 State Route 3, Volney, the facility will be open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. from May through September.

The program is free to Oswego County residents and is sponsored by the Oswego County Legislature and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

"The household hazardous waste collection facility gives residents a convenient way to safely dispose of expired chemical products and unwanted hazardous wastes," said Legislator James Oldenburg, District 14, Scriba, chairman of the Legislature's Infrastructure and Facilities Committee. "This method of household hazardous waste management has proven to be cost-effective and user-friendly. Materials are packaged and stored in a secure area until a sufficient amount has accumulated for shipping."

Customers should pull their vehicle up to the side of the building, which is located near the transfer station and solid waste offices. Drivers should remain in their vehicles and wait for materials to be unloaded by the solid waste department staff.

These items are accepted at the collection facility:

Acids, adhesives, aerosols, airplane glue, antifreeze, auto batteries, light ballasts (non PCB), brake fluid, cements, charcoal lighters, chemistry sets, chlorine, cleaning fluids, compact fluorescent bulbs, corrosives, degreasers, dioxin pesticides, disinfectants, drain cleaners, dry gas, epoxies, fiberglass resins, flea products, fluorescent light bulbs, furniture polish, hair removers, herbicides, hobby chemicals, inks, insecticides, lacquers, lighter fluids, lubricants, mercury containing devices, moth balls and flakes, nail polish and remover, "no pest" strips;

Oil-based paints (no latex paints will be accepted), oven cleaners, paint removers and thinners, permanent solutions, pesticides, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, rat poisons, rubber cements, rug and upholstery cleaners, rust solvents, silvex pesticide, solvents, spot removers, tub and tile cleaners, turpentine, varnish, waste fuels, weed killers, wood preservatives, and wood stains.

Materials should be in their original containers and placed in sturdy cardboard boxes. Leaking containers should be wrapped in newspaper and placed in a clear plastic bag.

Dried latex paint, used motor oil, household batteries, cell phones, computers, electronic equipment, and appliances containing CFC refrigerant are accepted year-round for recycling at the transfer stations. There is no longer a charge for recycling electronics equipment such as computer monitors, microwave ovens, fax machines and televisions. There is a $15 fee to recycle appliances that contain CFC refrigerant.

Solid Waste Director Frank Visser requests that, for safety reasons, people do not bring children or pets to the collection site. Smoking is prohibited in the unloading area.

"The Department of Solid Waste also accepts hazardous wastes from Oswego County businesses that meet the regulatory requirements," said Legislator Oldenburg. "Business owners should contact the solid waste office to find out if they qualify and to obtain a cost estimate for disposal of materials."

In addition to Legislator Oldenburg, the Infrastructure and Facilities Committee includes Barbara Brown , vice chairwoman (District 8, Palermo); Daniel Chalifoux (District 19, Minetto); Mark Fruce (District 24, Fulton); Linda Lockwood (District 11, Volney); Milferd Potter; and Amy Tresidder (District 16, Oswego).

For more information, call the Oswego County Solid Waste Office at 591-9200, or visit the Department of Solid Waste Web site at oswegocounty.com/dsw.


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