County to hold household hazardous waste collection days

JAMESTOWN – Chau-tauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director George Spanos has announced that the first Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day of 2014 will be held July 12 in the village of 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 in Mayville.

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.

Please note that 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.

“Through the hard work of our county staff and event sponsors, residents will once again have the opportunity to dispose of hazardous materials around their homes for free,” said Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan. “I encourage county residents to take advantage of this program and help our environment by properly disposing of their household hazardous waste.”

Residents taking part in the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day can 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. 13 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 Conserv-ation and Storer’s Contain-er Services.

For additional information about the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day and accepted materials, visit or call TJ at 985-4785 x203.