BREWSTER, NY — Putnam County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day for residents on Saturday. It's free, but pre-registration is required.

Items accepted include household products that can typically be purchased in a hardware, grocery or big box store, including cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil-based paint (not latex), solvents, thinners, mothballs, rodent poisons, gasoline, kerosene and small propane tanks (up to 20 pound size). For a more complete list of acceptable items, see "Special Wastes" under "Recycling" on the Green Putnam webpage.

Items not accepted include: water-based paints (latex/acrylic paints can be discarded by routine means, after they have been dried out), used motor oil, lead-acid batteries, plastic bags, household alkaline batteries, tires, or electronic waste.

Disposal items must be labeled and identifiable to be accepted. Items packed into garbage or lawn bags will not be accepted.

The Putnam County Department of Health and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are co-sponsoring the free event from 9 am to 12 noon (rain or shine) at Fahnestock State Park, Canopus Beach Parking Lot on Route 301 in Kent, NY.

For questions or to register, contact The Putnam County Department of Health number at (845) 808-1390 ext. or register by emailing your 3 preferred times (every 15 minutes beginning at 9 a.m.) along with your town of residence to You will be sent an email with additional information to confirm your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 business days, please call the above number.

Improper storage or disposal of hazardous waste poses a health risk to residents and their families. For this reason, the HHW Drop-Off Day event continues to be maintained in the budget as an opportunity for Putnam residents to safely dispose of certain toxic materials, County Executive MaryEllen Odell said.

The health of the community is paramount and all waste brought to the event is subject to inspection. Residents bringing in items that are deemed to present a threat to residents, workers or the environment may be held responsible for the costs of any additional safety measures taken.

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For information regarding electronic waste disposal, call your local town. Please note that household hazardous waste items are not accepted at the town electronic waste drop-off locations.

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