Westchester County


Household Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF)

Household Material Recovery  Facility in Valhalla

The H-MRF accepts household hazardous waste and other items worthy of special handling from Westchester County residents on a year-round, appointment-only basis. Read our flier detailing these items.

The county also accepts hazardous chemicals and fluorescent bulbs from schools, institutions and businesses that qualify as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG). For more information regarding fees, appointments and what is acceptable, see our application form.

The H-MRF is located on the Grasslands Campus; 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY. Below are instructions that will help find the location if traveling on the Sprain Brook Parkway. Or you may create your own directions using Google maps.

From the Sprain Brook Parkway Southbound: Take the exit for Eastview/100C. At stop turn right onto 100C. Turn right onto Woods Road. The H-MRF is on the right, # 15.

From the Sprain Brook Parkway Northbound: Take the exit for Eastview/100C. At light turn left onto 100C.  At second traffic light turn right onto Woods Road. The H-MRF is on the right, # 15.

Hours of operation
Appointments for residentially generated waste can be made for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Please note that the H-MRF is closed on federal holidays. Upcoming closed dates in 2015 include Thursday, January 1 (New Year's Day).

Scheduling your appointment
Residents can reserve a time slot today for appointments up to two weeks in advance. To make or cancel an appointment, call the Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425 (the Recycling HelpLine is available 7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.). You can also schedule your appointment on the reservations calendar. Use the calendar to find a date and time that is convenient for you and then click on it. A dialogue box will open for you to enter and submit your contact information.

Upon arrival, you will be asked to provide a current government issued photo ID (i.e., a driver’s license) as proof of residency.

2015 Scheduling changes
To better serve Westchester County's residents, the Department of Environmental Facilities has improved operating efficiency at the H-MRF, allowing appointments in 2015 to be broken into five-minute increments.

Fees** apply if you live in Somers, North Salem, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, Bedford, North Castle or New Castle. These seven municipalities do not contribute tax fees to the Refuse Disposal District No. 1 (RDD) that funds the construction and operation of the H-MRF. Only credit cards (Mastercard, Visa or Discover) will be accepted for fees payment. A minimum fee of $5.00 per appointment will be charged. To avoid fees at the H-MRF, residents in these seven municipalities are encouraged to learn about several other disposal options for special wastes that are free of charge. See fee schedule below.

Potential closings
In extreme weather, if working conditions are deemed unsafe, appointments will be cancelled. To verify closing due to weather conditions, call (914) 813-5425. You will also receive a cancellation e-mail under these circumstances.

On the day of your visit to the H-MRF, it's important to follow these simple rules for a quick and hassle-free drop-off:

  • Bring a valid driver's license.
  • 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.
  • Medications are accepted only on the first Tuesday or Thursday of each month. See the schedule.

Of the many items listed under "Wastes Accepted," some can also be recycled at other locations throughout the county, often for free. Read more about special wastes in general or click the links of a specific item for more details.

Wastes Accepted
Automotive fluids (except motor oil)
    Metal, jewelry and furniture polish
      Car tires (with or without rims) up to four per household
        Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides
          Confidential documents for shredding. Up to four file boxes (10" x 12" x 15") of PERSONAL DOCUMENTS will be accepted per appointment. The shredder has a limited capacity.* 

          Papers from businesses, institutions or commercial enterprises will not be accepted for shredding. County staff will reject any paper identified as commercial or institutional.

            Photo and swimming pool chemicals
              Kerosene and other flammable liquids
                Propane tanks
                  Mercury thermometers, thermostats
                    Wood preservatives and stains
                      Electronic waste (e.g., computers and peripherals, televisions, cell phones, etc.)
                        Fluorescent light bulbs*
                        (including CFLs and tube-shaped fluorescent bulbs)
                          Freon-containing household appliances
                          (e.g., air conditioners, refrigerators and dehumidifiers)
                            Re-chargeable batteries
                            (including vehicle batteries and button cell)
                              Expired or unused pharmaceuticals (This is available once a month only. See the schedule and book an appointment on the appropriate date. Prescription or over-the-counter medications must be in their original bottle or container.)
                                Fire Extinguishers

                                *Please note: LEDs do not contain mercury and are not classified as toxic; therefore, they can be disposed of in the garbage.

                                Wastes Not Accepted
                                Construction and demolition debris
                                (including wood and shingles)
                                  Non-rechargeable alkaline and carbon zinc batteries (dispose in trash)
                                    Asbestos (Under NO circumstances will asbestos be accepted)
                                    Please contact an asbestos abatement company.
                                      Smoke and fire detectors
                                      (dispose in trash)
                                        Medical waste (except pharmaceuticals)
                                          Sharps (medical needles and syringes)
                                            Motor oil
                                              Paint (oil and latex)- Harden and dispose in trash
                                                Explosives (i.e., fireworks, bullets and flares--call your local police department for instructions)

                                                  Plastic Bags (bring to large retailer)

                                                  Curbside recyclables (glass, metal,
                                                  plastic, cardboard and paper products)

                                                  Papers from businesses, institutions or commercial enterprises will not be accepted for shredding. County staff will reject any paper identified as commercial or institutional.

                                                  * Residents that show up with excess documents delay other appointments. Documents from businesses (as from doctor offices or accounting firms) will be rejected, along with documents from residents that are not on white office paper (i.e., junk mail or store circulars). Please consider using the much larger Mobile Shredder for residentially generated confidential documents. Private businesses must hire a private shredding service.

                                                  Fees** Applicable to Residents of Somers, North Salem, Lewisboro,
                                                  Pound Ridge, Bedford, North Castle and New Castle
                                                  Hazardous Waste, miscellaneous waste, old or expired medications $0.75/lb. (best disposal option in Westchester County)
                                                  Freon-containing household appliances and large appliances (refrigerators, stoves, A/C’s, dehumidifiers), large televisions (inc. projection, tube, box, cabinet or CRT style tvs) $10.00/unit
                                                  Small electronics (toasters, lamps, etc.), flatscreen displays (plasma, lcd and flatscreen tvs) $5.00/unit (many municipalities collect these items locally - check with your local municipality for more information)
                                                  Vehicle Batteries (including lead acid) $5.00/battery
                                                  All other batteries (re-chargeable batteries) $2.00/lb. - $2.00 minimum (throw away alkaline and carbon zinc batteries)
                                                  Gas, Propane and BBQ Tanks $5.00 each
                                                  Car tires $5.00 each (no tires from large or commercial vehicles)
                                                  Confidential paper for shredding $5.00 flat fee (maximum of 4 file boxes)
                                                  Fluorescent Bulbs $0.50 per bulb or $0.25 per foot for tube style bulbs
                                                  ** Note: Charges reflect our disposal and administrative costs. There are many free or lower cost disposal options available for most of these types of wastes throughout the county. The exception is hazardous chemicals that should be properly disposed at the facility. For more information, click on the links above or call the Recycling HelpLine at (914) 813-5425.