The Town of Smithtown Department of Environment and Waterways held its biggest bi-annual hazardous household waste event last Saturday, October 19, from 7AM to 3PM. Approximately 660 Smithtown households participated in the event, safely disposing toxic items not permitted in regular curbside waste pickups. This large turnout (the biggest one yet) resulted in over 25 tons of hazardous materials collected.
This event saw a 9% increase in participants from the last hazardous materials collection event held in April of this year. The April event had 606 households participating, while the October 2018 event had 565. Hazardous materials were collected and manifested for disposal by Care Environmental Corp. The New York State DEC is expected to reimburse the Town for 50% of the contractor expense for this event.
The most common hazardous materials collected at the event for disposal were 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.
Did You Know:
The Municipal Services Facility also accepts peanut and other cooking oils for disposal.
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, and automotive and household batteries can be dropped off during regular hours for proper recycling.
Mulch is now available free of charge to residents. Residents of Smithtown 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)