April 3, 2019 -- In 2018, Westchester County held three Household Recycling Day (HRD) events, the first held in the County since 2012, and they were each a tremendous success. Events held at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Yonkers, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights and at Rye Playland, attracted over 7,250 visitors who delivered over 200,000 pounds of household waste.

Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities will be conducting the first HRD Event of 2019 on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FDR State Park, 2957 Crompond Road in Yorktown Heights, NY.

In addition to properly labelled household chemicals and other special wastes found in a typical household, residents can bring documents for shredding and expired or unwanted medications for disposal.

Generally, the following items are accepted for safe disposal or recycling:

  • Properly labelled household chemicals, such as:

  • Household cleaning products

  • Most automotive fluids (antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline but not motor oil)

  • Flammable liquids (kerosene, butane, lighter fluid, turpentine)

  • Metal, jewelry and furniture polishes and waxes; wood preservatives

  • Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides

  • Photographic and swimming pool chemicals

  • Batteries – only vehicle, rechargeable, or button cell

  • Fluorescent light bulbs & CFLs

  • Fire extinguishers

  • BBQ propane tanks (up to 20 lbs.)

  • Mercury containing devices (thermometers and thermostats)

  • Electronic waste (TVs, computer monitors and towers)

  • Expired or unwanted medications, both OTC and prescription

  • Personal documents for shredding (limit of four (4) file-size boxes per household)

  • Tires

Items that will not be accepted and should not be brought to the Household Recycling Day include paint (both latex and oil), non-rechargeable alkaline and carbon zinc batteries (they can be safely discarded in the trash), motor oil, smoke detectors, cell phones, explosives (flares, fireworks, ammunition), construction debris and hypodermic needles. Also, waste from businesses, schools or other institutions will not be accepted.

For more information on what to bring to this event, visit www.westchestergov.com/recycling or call (914) 813-5425.

If you can’t make it to any of the HRD Events, you can still dispose of your hard-to-get-rid-of household waste by visiting the County’s Household-Material Recycling Facility (H-MRF), 15 Woods Rd., Valhalla.  The H-MRF is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment, and accepts the same items that are accepted at the HRD events. For more information about the H-MRF or to make an appointment, visit http://environment.westchestergov.com/new-h-mrf or call (914) 813-5425.