Orange County will hold the next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Sat., Sept. 23 for residents. The collection center will be at the New Hampton Fire Training Center, located at 9 Training Center Lane and Route 17M in New Hampton. This event is free for Orange County residents with proof of residency (no registration is required). No medical sharps will be accepted.
How to dispose of latex paint?: Remove the lid, put the paint can in a safe place away from children and animals and let the paint dry out. If there is a large quantity of paint in the can, line a cardboard box with a black garbage bag and pouring paint in the bag and letting it air dry. Another option is to add cheap, clay kitty litter to the paint until it is a solid, then dispose of it in your household trash. Recycle paint cans when possible.
Acceptable Items: Adhesives, aerosol cans, automotive products, fire extinguishers, flammable liquids (oil, gas, kerosene and/or mixtures), corrosives/cleaners, creosote, driveway sealer, pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, inks, mercury, oil-based paints only, pesticides/herbicides, propane cylinders (camp size), roofing tar, rubber cement, solvents/thinners, wood preservatives, varnishes/shellac/stains, used cooking oil, and rechargeable batteries.
NOT Accepted: Refrigerators, tires, air conditioners, electronics, latex (water based) paint, BBQ size propane tanks, appliances, & single-use batteries which can be thrown in the household trash.
For more information call 291-2664 or visit www.orangecountygov.com/efs and click on the Household Hazardous Waste tab on the left.
If you wish to safely dispose of old prescription drugs, you may bring them to the lobby of the Warwick Police Department seven days a week. The Police Department is located in the lower level of Town Hall, 132 Kings Hwy.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.
The above column, written by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, has been published in the Sept. 20 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.