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Posted on: July 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 390 Households Dispose of Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste

Town of Smithtown Collects Over 14 Tons of Hazardous Household Waste

The Town of Smithtown Department of Environment and Waterways collected 14.12 tons of waste at the Hazardous Household Waste event this weekend. On Saturday, July 11th, approximately 390 Smithtown households participated in safely disposing 28,240 pounds of toxic items, which are prohibited in regular curbside waste pickups. 


“Outstanding work! It is a true testament to how environmentally sensitive our residents are when we see turnouts like this past weekend's Hazardous Waste event. We are also very fortunate to have an excellent team spearheading these events. I have to personally acknowledge the incredible work done by Neal Sheehan and his foreman Tom Passariello, our environmental director David Barnes, solid waste coordinator Mike Engelmann and senior environmental analyst Rich Kitt, along with the Department of Environment and Waterways, Public Safety Fire Marshals and the hard working crew at MSF.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim


Smithtown Municipal Services Facility employees worked in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Waterways Environmental Director David Barnes and Solid Waste Coordinator Mike Engelmann to safely secure over twenty (55) gallon drums, sixteen (1) cubic yard boxes, three miscellaneous containers for specialized hazardous waste, and two full 30 cubic yard roll-off containers loaded up with paints/solvents, etc. The exact weight collected was 14.12 tons (scale house net) in hazardous materials. Materials were collected and manifested for disposal by Radiac Research Corp. In addition to residents dropping off hazardous household waste, many circled their vehicles around to pick up bags of free mulch on the way out. 


“Smithtown Residents are very environmentally proactive. They pay attention to labels, avoiding toxic products at the store. This event is a great reminder to not only be cognizant of what products to use at home, but to responsibly dispose of hazardous products as well… the turnout and sheer weight of this collection is proof positive that our team of Environmental experts are doing a great job at keeping residents informed.” - Councilman Tom McCarthy


A portion of the wastes collected for manifested disposal include: waste oil based paints/flammable paints, gasoline, paint thinners, waste gases, petroleum distillates, flammable solids, oxidizers liquids and solids, sodium/potassium nitrates, acids, corrosives, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, misc. toxic liquids (i.e. Chlordane, etc.) and solids, lacquers, lithium batteries, battery acids and various other toxic compounds. The New York State DEC is expected to reimburse the Town for 50% of the contractor expense for this event.


“I would like to commend our town departments; Environment and Waterways, Public Safety Fire Marshals, Municipal Services Facility and their leadership, who facilitate these seamless events each year, and to the residents of Smithtown, for making a point of contributing to improving our ecosystem through the safe disposal of household toxins.” - Councilman Tom Lohmann, Liaison to Municipal Services Facility


The next Household Hazardous Waste event is scheduled for Saturday, October 2, 2021. The Hazardous Household Waste events are for Smithtown Township residents only. Proof of residency will be strictly enforced.


DID YOU KNOW: 

Residents can also dispose of Electronic waste, free of charge, at the Town Recycling Center (also located at 85 Old Northport Road). Electronic Waste such as computers, printers, TV’s, monitors, automotive and household batteries can be dropped off during regular hours for proper recycling.

This is a free service. Proof of residency is required. 

Mulch is also available FREE OF CHARGE to residents. Smithtown residents can line up for Pre-packaged bags of mulch with a maximum of ten (10) bags per visit. We offer free loading of loose mulch into your pick-up or dump truck. (Cover required)


The Smithtown Municipal Services Facility is located at 85 Old Northport Road in Kings Park, NY.

Regular Operating Hours: Tuesday through Saturday From 7:00 am to 11:45 am and 12:45 pm to 3:15 pm)

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