As we’re heading into fall, a lot of us are cleaning out our garages and camps. Something to think about is properly disposing of paints, pesticides and other hazardous materials. Eyewitness news reporter Grace Fernandez visited the waste facility this morning and has more for us. While the main facility is open year round there’s only ten days left to drop off certain materials such as paint and chemicals. This is the busiest time of year for the Oneida- Herkimer waste facility, as the last day to to accept paint and chemicals is September 30th. “the reason why we’re only open from April 1st to September 30th is due to the fact that in the winter it gets cold, stuff freezes and pops and we cant package it or properly dispose of it,” said waste collection superintendent Bill Schrader. The Oneida-Herkimer solid waste authority has a specially designed facility for receiving, sorting packaging and storing household hazardous waste material. Items that can be dropped off only during this time include– oven cleaners, pool chemicals, unusable gasoline, kerosene, fertilizer and drain cleaners. “this paint right here, came in this morning and as you see we try to stay on top of it and consolidate it so i can keep making room,” said Schrader. This morning, about eight cars show up per minute and they’re constantly making room for more. Last year alone they recycled over fifty thousand gallons of household hazardous waste that they disposed of properly. “we encourage the public not to dump it down the drain, throw it in the trash- take advantage of this facility because its free of charge,” said Schrader. All of the paint they receive gets recycled and turned into some type of base but because they go through each can individually they encourage the public not to drop off cans with paint that’s solidified. If you’re unsure which of your household items is accepted at the facility for drop off visit ohswa.org for a list of items.
Houshold Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
80 Leland Ave
Utica, NY 13502