Waste facility accepts variety of hazardous household materials


UTICA — The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority will open its Household Hazardous Waste Facility on Friday April 1. Household hazardous wastes will be accepted at the Authority’s Utica EcoDrop location, 80 Leland Ave., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The facility gives residents of Oneida and Herkimer counties the opportunity to dispose of many unused, unwanted, or outdated products. The following are acceptable materials:

Oil-based and latex paints (If bringing in paint, officials remind that 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);

Paint thinners;

Chemistry sets;

Cleaning solvents, degreasers;

Drain cleaners;


Furniture stripper;



Insecticides and pesticides (including those banned, such as DDT and Chlordane);


Oven cleaners;

Photographic chemicals;


Pool chemicals;

Rust preventatives, removers;

Unusable gasoline;

Wood preservatives;

Fluorescent light bulbs;

Rechargeable batteries;

Mercury thermostats;

Automobile and motorcycle batteries;

Sharps (syringes/lancets);

Cooking oil and grease from deep fryers;


Motor oil and oil filters;

Empty propane cylinders (under 100 lbs.); and

Computer equipment (monitors, CPUs, printers, toner, ink cartridges).


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