TROY, NY (January 10, 2022) – Local officials today announced that Rensselaer County (and its participating municipalities), including the City of Troy, and Town of Bethlehem will be partnering on an inter-county Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal program for 2022. These events, scheduled for throughout the second half of the year, will provide residents of the participating municipalities the opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous materials not accepted through normal garbage collection service.
Residents wishing to participate in the program will need to register for this event online by visiting the jointly-hosted website. A registration link will be published at a later date. Residents without internet access can contact their community’s municipal liaison; a list of those individuals will be posted once available. The disposal event is a free service available to residents of the participating municipalities only. Residents who have not pre-registered will be unable to utilize the program.
Once specific locations and dates have been determined, a complete list of acceptable items as well as prohibited items will be available on the program registration site, and via press release. Please note: HHW events will NOT be collecting electronics, tires or shredding. These items will be collected at separate events, where offered by specific municipalities.
The program vendor will also set up appointments to collect hazardous waste from businesses and commercial entities; however there will be fees associated with disposal of these materials, which will be the sole responsibility of the business owner.
Mayor Patrick Madden said, “We are excited to expand the availability of household hazardous waste collection this year in partnership with Rensselaer County and Bethlehem. These free disposal events help Collar City residents and families safely dispose of harmful chemicals and products from their homes while reducing their environmental impact. It keeps toxic and hazardous materials away from local landfills. I encourage Troy residents to participate in this valuable program during the 2022 collection events.”
Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin said, “These events are great examples of local governments coming together to offer a safe and convenient way for residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste. Scheduling several events means it is easier for residents to access and dispose of these items in an environmentally-friendly manner. Many residents have inquired about these events, and we expect they will receive significant attention.”
Chairwoman of the Rensselaer County Legislature Kelly Hoffman said, “The disposal of hazardous waste has been an issue for many residents and communities throughout Rensselaer County. The cost of environmentally compliant disposal has been a barrier for many localities. We believe that this partnership will help with those costs and we encourage Rensselaer County municipalities to participate in the program.”
Town of Bethlehem Supervisor David VanLuven said, “We are pleased to offer safe, free opportunities for Bethlehem residents to properly dispose of toxic household materials, as it will help keep our neighborhoods, our waterways, and our residents and Highway workers safe. I’m happy to have Bethlehem working in partnership with the City of Troy and Rensselaer County to deliver this important service at a lower cost to taxpayers.”
Troy residents can sign up to receive notifications and updates on future opportunities at www.troyny.gov/connect and select “Recycling Matters”
John Salka, Communications Director
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