The Passaic County Office of Solid Waste & Recycling Programs will conduct its next Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the West Milford Recycling Center, 30 Lycosky Drive, West Milford, N.J. from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine. This event is free of charge to Passaic County residents.
According to Nina Seiden, Passaic County’s Solid Waste & Recycling Programs Manager, acceptable materials for disposal include pesticides & herbicides, propane tanks, solvents & thinners, varnishes & waxes, household cleaners & corrosives, pool & photographic chemicals, kerosene, mercury switches & thermometers, fire extinguishers, fluorescent bulbs, oil-based paints, used motor oil & oil filters, car batteries, Nicad, button cell and rechargeable batteries, and old gasoline & antifreeze.
Materials must be brought in original containers and/or be clearly marked, since the mixing of certain chemicals can be extremely dangerous. Also, any oil, antifreeze or oil and gas mixtures should be brought in disposable containers. Materials that are not acceptable for disposal at this event include latex (water-based) paint, medical waste, explosives, radioactive material, smoke detectors, tires, appliances, computers & electronics, and regular household alkali batteries, as they no longer contain mercury and are not hazardous. Regular household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D. etc.) may now be disposed of in the regular trash by taping the ends so they do not produce a charge. Latex paint should be dried out by leaving lids off cans or by pouring in kitty litter. Once latex paint is completely dry, replace lids and throw away with regular kitchen waste in dark-colored garbage bags.
For further information or for small businesses to pre-register, please call the Passaic County Office of Solid Waste & Recycling Programs at 973-305-5738.