Westchester County

Special Waste

Special Household Waste

Some household waste does not go into your garbage and requires special handling for proper disposal.  The county has published a succinct guide for recycling and disposing of special household wastes. It explains where Westchester residents can take these items when they are depleted, and in some cases, how they should be prepared for disposal.

We cover these special items on our Web site and encourage you to read and follow the instructions, because throwing some of this waste in the garbage is illegal.

Automotive Waste
Automotive Waste
Motor oil, oil filters and vehicle batteries require special handling. State law requires service stations and retailers that sell motor oil to accept free of charge, up to five gallons per person per day. Several disposal options are available for tires too. Learn more
Batteries
Batteries
Not every household battery is disposed of in the same way. Non-rechargeable alkaline and carbon zinc and rechargeable alkaline batteries can be disposed of in the garbage. But other kinds of rechargeable and button cell silver oxide batteries must be recycled. Learn more
Electronics, TVs and Monitors
Electronics, TVs and Monitors
Electronics produce lots of waste. From cell phones to TVs to computers and laptops. With new technology rendering these items obsolete within months often, this accumlation of waste is addressed through municipal and county recycling. Learn more
Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)
Fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the bulb, so they should not be disposed with household garbage. Compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs are accepted at Home Depot and Lowe's stores.
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Paint cans
Paint Cans
Think of the potential mess a can of liquid paint can cause to the road, a truck or sanitation crew if it spills or splatters. Both oil- and latex-based paint may be legally and safely disposed of in your garbage by following simple instructions.
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Propane Gas Tanks
Propane Gas Tanks
Residual gas should always be burned off through proper use of the grill prior to transport or disposal. Even if it seems empty, make sure the tank is sealed with a plastic cap before transit to prevent injury. Currently, BBQ Tanks are accepted through the county's HMRD events.
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