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Posted on: July 22, 2020

431 Homes Dispose of Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Collection

The Town of Smithtown Collects Over 22 Tons of Household Hazardous
Waste With COVID-19 Safety Guidelines Strictly Enforced

Town of Smithtown Department of Environment and Waterways collected the largest load to date during the first hazardous household waste event of 2020. Last Saturday, July 11th, approximately 431 Smithtown households participated in safely disposing 45,080 pounds of toxic items, which are prohibited in regular curbside waste pickups. Residents were asked to wear face masks and not to leave their cars, to protect everyone’s wellbeing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I want to personally commend Mike Engelmann and David Barnes along with Pubic Safety, and the amazing team at MSF who worked well into the evening hours, in the summer heat, lifting heavy boxes and sorting household toxins… all while wearing uncomfortable face coverings. Because of their commitment to protecting our environment and steadfast dedication to the community, we’ve safely disposed of more than 22 tons of hazardous household waste within the township, despite a worldwide pandemic.” - 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 fifty (55) gallon drums, two 5 gallon pails, twelve (1) cubic yard boxes and two full 30 cubic yard roll-off containers loaded up with paints/solvents, etc. The exact weight collected was 22.54 tons (scale house net) in hazardous materials.

While this year’s first event may not have had as many participants as the April 2019 (over 606 homes) household hazardous materials collection, it did yield a much larger accumulation. Those materials were collected and manifested for disposal by Care Environmental Corp. The next Hazardous Household Waste Event will be hosted on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 7AM-3PM at Smithtown MSF located at 85 Old Northport Road, in Kings Park. This event is for Smithtown Township residents only. Proof of residency will be strictly enforced.

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. The New York State DEC is expected to reimburse the Town for 50% of the contractor expense for this event.

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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