Greene County Solid Waste Management will be holding our eleventh annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event at the Highway Facility on Scott Lane off State Route 9W in Athens, on June 24, 2017 from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon. Many County residents take advantage of the program, which over the years has collected a substantial amount of various household wastes that are hazardous if released to the environment and cannot be appropriately disposed of through the transfer station system. Materials collected include oil based , solvents, petroleum products, pesticides, aerosols, corrosives, mercury, mercury containing thermostats and switches, florescent bulbs and antifreeze. By participating in the collection event, county residents insure that their wastes are handled safely and recycled or disposed of properly.
Each collection event requires written approval from NYSDEC and the use of a fully permitted contractor for the acceptance, transportation and the recycling or disposal of the waste. Greene County, after a sealed bid process, has contracted with MXI Environmental Services LLC. www.mxiinc.com, for these specialized services. Collection site selection is based on operational needs for the collection, DEC requirements and proximity to population centers within the county.
On the day of the event the contractors arrive early and prepare the site for the safe and efficient acceptance of the waste. During the event, Solid Waste and Highway Department staff direct cars through the site and document the number of participants and volumes of wastes accepted. Participants remain in their vehicles while the contractor’s employees unload, classify and package the waste for transportation. The Sheriff’s Department provides traffic control and site security.
A brief wait in line should be anticipated and it generally takes about ten minutes for a participant to go through the site. All waste is categorized, packaged and transported from the site immediately at the end of the collection event. The demand for this program has continued to increase with greater public awareness. Funding for this program is provided through Greene County’s annual budget and is eligible for a fifty percent reimbursement grant from NYSDEC. Our goal is to provide this program to county residents at least once a year. The cost for the event is determined by unit prices for the actual amount of each item collected and therefore cannot be determined until after the event is held.