The Authority opens its household hazardous waste facility for a 30th season

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The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (Authority) will be opening its Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility on Friday April 1, for its 30th season. The Authority will be highlighting this milestone by launching a “30 Days of HHW” campaign on Facebook and Instagram.

If improperly disposed of, household hazardous wastes can pose threats to personal, public and environmental health. If hazardous wastes are disposed of in a regular garbage or recycling stream, they can harm sanitation workers and contaminate septic tanks, wastewater treatment systems and local water supplies. If left around the house, these hazardous materials can harm children and pets, even if the products are expired.

Household hazardous wastes will be accepted at the Authority’s Utica EcoDrop location on Leland Ave from Friday, April 1 to Friday, Sept. 30. The HHW Facility is open to all residents of Oneida and Herkimer counties Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge to residents for the services at this facility, which integrates multiple hazardous waste disposal programs into one convenient location. Please note that HHW is not accepted at the Rome EcoDrop.

Households are limited to dropping off 14 wet gallons and/or 20 dry pounds of household hazardous wastes per trip. Only liquid paint will be accepted; empty paint cans or cans with hardened paint are garbage items and should be placed in the garbage with their lids removed.

Businesses in Oneida and Herkimer counties may also qualify to use the HHW Facility. Businesses, schools, farms and other organizations that are considered conditionally exempt may utilize the facility by appointment only. Businesses may be charged fees for disposal of certain wastes. To obtain approval to use the facility or to ask any questions, please contact the Authority’s Superintendent of Waste Collection, Justin Fitch, at justinf@ohswa.org or 315-733-1224 ext. 4302.

For more information on household hazardous waste disposal, please call the Authority at 315-733-1224 or visit www.ohswa.org. The Authority also encourages residents and businesses to visit www.AmIRecyclable.com, which provides users with a tool to quickly search thousands of items for immediate recycling and disposal instructions.

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