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Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF) will be conducting a Household Recycling Day (HRD) Event on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Playland Park in Rye. COVID-19 precautions are in place to allow DEF to once again host these events for County residents. Residents should place items in their trunk or backseat, remain in their vehicles, and must wear masks while in the drop-off area.

In 2020, DEF hosted two HRD events and residents delivered nearly 275,000 pounds of household waste and approximately 37,000 pounds of documents for shredding. The upcoming HRD Event in Rye is the fourth event of 2021.

In addition to properly labelled household chemicals, tires, scrap metal, electronics, appliances 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 13 HRD Event.

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

Items that will not be accepted and should not be brought to the Household Recycling Day include latex paint (it can be hardened and disposed of in the trash), 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.

Rye’s Zero Waste Committee will also be on-site to accept items for various not-for-profits, including gently used furniture and soccer equipment, eye glasses and small appliances including microwaves, TVs (42” and smaller), blenders, vacuums, window AC units and others. For more information on items that can be donated, visit www.zero-waste-day.org.

Get more information on what to bring to this event,  You may also call (914) 813-5425.

If you are unable to attend the HRD Event, you can still dispose of your hard-to-get-rid-of household waste by making a convenient appointment with 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 only, and accepts the same items that are accepted at HRD events. Get more information about the H-MRF. You may make an appointment online or call (914) 813-5425.

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