BETHLEHEM – The Town is partnering with Rensselaer County and the City of Troy on an inter-county Household Hazardous Waste disposal program involving six events across the region this year.
In a joint statement shared last week, each municipality stated it will provide residents the opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous materials not accepted through normal garbage collection services.
“We are pleased to offer safe, free opportunities for Bethlehem residents to properly dispose of toxic household materials, as it will help keep our neighborhoods, our waterways, and our residents and Highway workers safe,” said Town Supervisor David VanLuven. ”I’m happy to have Bethlehem working in partnership with the City of Troy and Rensselaer County to deliver this important service at a lower cost to taxpayers.”
The first event will be Saturday, June 1, at the Troy Resource Management Facility (Alamo) in Troy (3000 Main St).
The disposal event is a free service available to residents of the participating municipalities only. Advanced registration is required; residents who have not pre-registered will be unable to utilize the program. Residents must visit their participating municipality’s website to register.
Bethlehem residents without access to the internet can contact their municipal liaison, Town Recycling Coordinator Dan Lilkas-Rain at 518-439-4955, ext. 1510
Information for the next Household Hazardous Waste event will be made available through press releases posted on participating municipality’s websites.
HHW events will not be collecting electronics, tires or shredding. These items will be collected at separate events, where offered by specific municipalities.
Business owners wanting to dispose of hazardous waste may set up an appointment in advance with the vendor. There will be fees associated with disposal of these materials, which will be the sole responsibility of the business owner.
“These events are great examples of local governments coming together to offer a safe and convenient way for residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste,” said Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin. “Scheduling several events means it is easier for residents to access and dispose of these items in an environmentally-friendly manner. We expect the Troy event will have an enthusiastic response and look forward to a successful start to an important series of events to safely dispose of these items and waste.”