Westchester Schedules Household Recycling Day Event


WHITE PLAINS, NY — The first county-wide Household Recycling Day event of 2019 will be held in Yorktown Heights. Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities will be conducting the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, 2957 Crompond Road in Yorktown Heights.

In 2018, the county held three recycling day events, the first held in the county since 2012. Events held at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Yonkers, FDR State Park and at Rye Playland attracted more than 7,250 visitors who delivered more than 200,000 pounds of household waste.

For Saturday’s event, in addition to properly labelled household chemicals and other special wastes found in a typical household, residents can bring documents for shredding and expired or unwanted medications for disposal.

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

Properly labelled household chemicals, such as:

  • Household cleaning products
  • Most automotive fluids (antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline but not motor oil)
  • Flammable liquids (kerosene, butane, lighter fluid, turpentine)
  • Metal, jewelry and furniture polishes and waxes; wood preservatives
  • Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides
  • Photographic and swimming pool chemicals

Batteries – only vehicle, rechargeable or button cell

Fluorescent light bulbs & CFLs

Fire extinguishers

BBQ propane tanks (up to 20 pounds)

Mercury containing devices (thermometers and thermostats)

Electronic waste (TVs, computer monitors and towers)

Expired or unwanted medications, both OTC and prescription

Personal documents for shredding (limit of four file-size boxes per household)


Items that will not be accepted and should not be brought to the Household Recycling Day include paint (both latex and oil), non-rechargeable alkaline and carbon zinc batteries (they can be safely discarded in the trash), motor oil, smoke detectors, cellphones, explosives (flares, fireworks, ammunition), construction debris and hypodermic needles. Also, waste from businesses, schools or other institutions will not be accepted.

For more information on what to bring to this event, visit www.westchestergov.com/recycling or call 914-813-5425.

If you can’t make it to a recycling events, you can still dispose of your hard-to-get-rid-of household waste by visiting the county’s Household-Material Recycling Facility (H-MRF), 15 Woods Rd., Valhalla. The H-MRF is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday by appointment, and accepts the same items that are accepted at the HRD events. For more information about the H-MRF or to make an appointment, go here or call 914-813-5425.

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