Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF) will be hosting a Household Recycling Day (HRD) Event in conjunction with the City of Rye’s Zero Waste Day on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Playland Park, 1 Playland Parkway, Rye.

At three previous HRD Events held earlier this year 6,110 households delivered over 214,000 pounds of household waste and 85,000 pounds of documents for shredding.

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 to the November 9 HRD Event at Playland.

Properly labelled household chemicals and the following items are accepted for save disposal or recycling:

  • 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 the second consecutive year, the Playland HRD Event will be held in conjunction with the City of Rye’s Zero Waste Day.  Several non-profit and charity organizations will be on hand to collect additional items from residents: 

  • Furniture Sharehouse: gently-used furniture
  • The Guidance Center of Westchester: gently-used dorm room essentials
  • Mount Vernon Animal Shelter: pet food, bedding and towels
  • Linking Handlebars: gently-used bicycles
  • Westchester County Diaper Bank: diapers (including open packages) newborn to toddler
  • Rye Kicks It Forward: soccer gear
  • The Sharing Self: gently-used children and teen fall/winter clothing
  • Rye City Lions Club: prescription eyeglasses

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

Nov. 9 is the last scheduled HRD Event of the year. If you can’t make it to the HRD Event, 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 Road, 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  environment.westchestergov.com/new-h-mrf or call (914) 813-5425.

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