Friday, 26 January 2018

Can I dispose of Hazardous Waste in my Bin There Dump That dumpster rental?

What is Hazardous Waste?

We have all heard about hazardous waste but do we know what it really is or what to do with it? The fact is most of us do not know what is considered to be hazardous waste.  And if we don't know what it is how are we suppose to know what to do with it.  We will attempt to breakdown what hazardous waste is for you as well as give you alternatives for how to dispose of it safely so that we can keep our world safer for ourselves and our loved ones.

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Different Types of Hazardous Waste

Did you know that the average person in the US generates an average of 4 pounds of hazardous waste a year? That's roughly 20 pounds of hazardous waste per household and roughly 530,000 tons per year in the US alone according to the EPA.

So if we are generating that much hazardous waste in a year what are the items that we have that account for that number and how do we safely dispose of them.  That's a great question!  Below are a list of standard examples of household hazardous waste that the typical household generates each year and has laying around the house.

Can I dispose of Household Hazardous waste in my Bin There Dump That dumpster rental in Syracuse NY?

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Although we can’t eliminate the use of household hazardous products, we can manage the way we dispose of them and try to recycle them when possible. Take the time to learn proper disposal methods in your community. For details, call your local solid waste agency, OCRRA covers Onondaga counties waste and has useful information on their website as do other agencies. By following disposal instructions, you provide municipalities with the opportunity to remove products from the solid waste stream by obtaining them for reuse or recycling and to reduce the potential for accidental exposures to sanitation workers, materials recovery facility workers, landfill workers, and the environment. 

Although each county may offer different disposal options or may not have a clear concise option available themselves, the following are some basic guidelines for managing waste: 
  •  Follow manufacturer instructions: Always read the label and follow manufacturer recommendations for use and storage. Some labels may also provide disposal recommendations. 
  • Don’t mix household hazardous waste with other products as potentially dangerous reactions may occur. 
  • Use it up: Be a smart consumer and buy only what is needed. More is not always better as is in the case of hazardous materials. 
  • Donate: Give remaining paint, household cleaners, or other products to a local charity, church, service organization, theater group, local housing authority, or a even a neighbor.  Habitat for Humanity is a great place to start as they have ReStores in many communities that allow for reuse of a lot of these materials and often can arrange for pick up if on the larger scale.  
  • Recycle: Products such as automobile batteries and oil can be recycled at most places that sell them. Also, check with your local solid waste agency for additional community recycling options. 
  • Save for a collection day: Some communities have a waste collection day or permanent collection sites for household hazardous waste. Check with your local county, chamber of commerce, or state solid waste or environmental agency to find out if there is a collection program in your area.  
  • Learn about alternatives: Consider using some alternative products or methods that do not contain or involve hazardous ingredients. 

Who can I contact in my Community?

Whether you live in Syracuse, Oswego, Chittenango, Cortland, Ithaca, Watertown, Rome, Utica or Auburn NY you can save wastes for a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Programs.  You can find a full list of NYS E-Waste Collection Sites on the NYS DEC website and ways to recycle these products

Call one of the following DEC Offices based on the county you live in to obtain disposal information:
  • Region 1 - Suffolk and Nassau Counties - (631) 444-0375
  • Region 2 - Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island - (718) 482-4996
  • Region 3 - Sullivan, Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties - (845) 256-3123
  • Region 4 - Montgomery, Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie, Schenectady, Albany, Greene, Rensselaer and Columbia Counties - (518) 357-2045
  • Region 5 - Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, Fulton, Saratoga and Washington Counties - (518) 897-1299 or (518) 623-1230
  • Region 6 - Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Oneida and Herkimer Counties - (315) 793-2590
  • Region 7 - Oswego, Cayuga, Onondaga, Madison, Tompkins, Cortland, Chenango, Tioga and Broome Counties - (315) 426-7419
  • Region 8 - Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Seneca, Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung Counties - (716) 226-5411
  • Region 9 - Niagara, Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties - (716) 851-7220
If you are ready to rent a dumpster or have any other questions regarding this feel free to contact Bin There Dump That at (315) 750-4150 and a friendly representative would be happy to assist you.  For additional questions about renting a dumpster check out our FAQ page.

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