Chautauqua County to hold household hazardous waste collection day Saturday

MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director George Spanos has announced that the first Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day of 2013 will be held Saturday in Mayville.

The event is hosted by Chautauqua County’s Division of Solid Waste and will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town of Chautauqua Highway Garage located on Patterson Street.

Among hazardous items that will be accepted are chemical fertilizers, drain cleaners, floor polish, fluorescent light bulbs, hobby glues, mercury thermometers, nail polish, non-empty aerosol cans, oil based paints, paint thinners, photography chemicals, pool chemicals, roofing tar, transmission fluids, turpentine, and weed killers.

Electronics such as TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cable/satellite modems, computers, printers, fax machines, and cell phones will not be collected and can be recycled, free of charge, at the South, North, or West County Transfer Stations. Rechargeable batteries will also not be accepted and can be returned to the retail stores where they are available for purchase.

Waste motor oil and latex paint will also not be accepted. Waste motor oil should be disposed of at any facility performing oil changes and latex paint should be dried by mixing it with kitty litter and then disposing of it with household garbage.

“Each year, this free disposal day has been an overwhelming success,” said Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards. “I commend the County staff that work hard to put this program together and I encourage everyone to help the environment by taking full advantage of this program.”

Residents taking part in the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day must print out and complete a registration form that lists all the materials they are dropping off. The registration form can be found online at and must be submitted at the entrance of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection location.

A second Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day has been scheduled for Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Building on 454 N. Work St. in Falconer.

Both collection events are sponsored by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and Storer’s Container Services.

For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day and accepted materials, visit or call TJ at 985-4785 x 203.