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Your Toxic Trash: Safe Disposal Saturday

The county used to hold an event to collect and dispose of household hazardous household material at Rye Playland every fall. But this Saturday, you will have to load up the car and drive your toxic vehicle to Yonkers to safely dispose of your poisons.

This is still a great, no-charge way to safely rid your garage and basement of nasty chemicals. Typically homeowners would be charged a bulk pick-up fee by Rye City for large items and other items must have freon removed at homeowner cost before Rye City pick-up — there are no fees this Saturday and the county takes care of things like freon removal.

Here are the details:

This Saturday, September 24th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Yonkers Recycling Center at 2 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers


At Household Material Recovery Days (read the flyer), residents may drop off household waste that cannot be set out for curbside collection or recycling. We accept residential waste only. Materials from businesses (including home-based professionals), institutions and schools will not be accepted.

Follow these simple rules:

  •     Remember to close all bags and bottles tightly.
  •     All chemicals must be in original or labeled containers.
  •     Place all chemicals in a sturdy box and in the trunk of your car.

There is no fee, but pre-registration is required for 100 pounds or more of solid material or 25 gallons or more of liquid. To pre-register, call the Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425.

The Mobile Shredder is also available at these events. Residents may bring up to four boxes of your personal papers to be shredded on-the-spot at no charge. Papers from businesses (doctors, accountants, etc.), institutions and schools will not be accepted.

The following items are collected at the events:

  •     Most automotive fluids – antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline
  •     Flammable liquids – kerosene, butane, charcoal fluid, turpentine
  •     Metal, jewelry and furniture polishes, wood preservatives, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, photographic and swimming pool chemicals
  •     Fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs
  •     Fire extinguishers
  •     Propane tanks (1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 pound tanks)
  •     Batteries – only auto, rechargeable and button cell types
  •     Household appliances with Freon – air conditioners, refrigerators, dehumidifier
  •     Mercury thermometers and thermostats
  •     E-waste – items related to communications, including TVs, computers, monitors and related accessories, printers, fax machines, cell phones, radios, stereos, and speakers
  •     Car tires (maximum 10)
  •     Expired or unused pharmaceuticals – both prescription and over the counter
  •     Confidential documents
  •     Plastic grocery bags – bring in 20 bags or more and get a free reusable shopping bag – while supplies last.

The items below are not accepted. For disposal information, call the Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425.

  •     Paint – Oil and Latex – harden paint and put it out with the household trash in solid form. Air dry and use kitty litter or waste paint hardener. Exception: Rye Brook, White Plains and Yorktown residents must dispose of empty or hardened paint cans on bulk pick-up days.
  •     Non-rechargeable batteries – discard with household trash
  •     Motor oil – take to service station or motor oil retail outlet
  •     Compressed gas cylinders – helium and oxygen tanks
  •     Smoke and fire detectors – discard with household trash
  •     Explosives – flares, fireworks, ammunition
  •     Medical waste – hypodermic needles
  •     Construction & demolition debris – materials from home improvement and construction projects (e.g. drywall, wood, pipes, fixtures)
  •     Materials from commercial and institutional users

A permanent Household Materials Recovery Facility (H-MRF) is being constructed on the Grasslands campus at Valhalla. 


  1. Now we see the impact of county cost cutting and the lack of environmental priorities by Astorino. Many/most now will choose to put items in the trash that might have otherwise been recycled. Who is going to make the trek to Yonkers for a couple of cfls and some plastic bags? It was easy to do the right thing when we had a household waste day at Playland.

  2. Ryemart,
    Bring paint, thinners, syringes and anything else you have to Hen Island, no need to go to Yonkers. Doug French surely will allow it. According to recent statements at the city council meetings Doug French is going to allow Hen Islanders to manage their own sewage removal without first obtaining any permits or necessary studies. Imagine that! 34 homes installing sewage systems without the proper approvals or permits. He has already allowed the installation of two systems. These systems can cause more of an environmental and health problem than the present systems in use. French Just wants to lead the public to belive that he is doing something about the Hen Island sewage. It is all French BS…
    There is an unwritten mandate within regulatory agencies that the general population cannot be left to deal with their own excrements. Google San Francisco sewers and see what happen there when the city council decided how to handle sewage. It is now costing them millions. These issues of sewage treatment, mosquito infestations and potable water are very delicate and in-depth issues that should be handled by professionals that have undertaken studies, visited the site, explored alternatives, received permits and come to conclusions based on scientific research and experience. This is just one more example where Doug French’s is hiding the truth from the public.


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