Household hazardous waste collection day Oct. 2 in Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  There will be a free household hazardous waste collection event Saturday, October 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jefferson County Highway Garage on Outer West Main Street in Watertown.

The free event is sponsored by the Development Authority of the North Country, St. Lawrence County and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, to help county residents properly dispose of certain hazardous materials.

Items such as solvents, pesticides, fluorescent light tubes, pool chemicals, oil-based paints and aerosol cans that still have product in them will be accepted. Empty aerosol cans, motor oil, asbestos, construction debris, explosives and latex paint will not be accepted. If paint can be cleaned up with water it is not oil-based and should be dried up and disposed of in the regular trash. Electronic waste (televisions, computers) will not be accepted, it can be recycled at most
county transfer stations.

The collection events are open to residential households only; waste will not be accepted from businesses, schools, farms or municipalities.

For a complete listing of what will and will not be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days, please visit There you can also find tips on how to dispose of items that will not be accepted at the events.