The Town of Smithtown Department of Environment and Waterways and Municipal Services Facility collected over 11 tons of waste at the Hazardous Household Waste event this weekend. On Saturday, July 8th, 351 Smithtown households participated in safely disposing of 22,340 pounds of toxic items, which are prohibited in regular curbside waste pickups.
“Through the participation of 351 Smithtown residents, the Town of Smithtown was able to safely dispose of over 11 tons of waste, without the risk of those materials contacting the environment. It is only through the participation of so many residents that we can continue to keep Smithtown beautiful.” - David Barnes, Environmental Protection Director
Smithtown Municipal Services Facility employees worked in conjunction with Public Safety Fire Marshals, DEW staff, Covanta staff, Environmental Director David Barnes and Solid Waste Coordinator Mike Engelmann to safely and efficiently secure materials. The exact weight collected was 11.17 tons (scale house net) in hazardous materials.
Materials were collected and manifested for disposal by Radiac Research Corp. In addition to residents dropping off hazardous household waste, many circled their vehicles around to pick up bags of free mulch on the way out. Reusable shopping bags were also provided to interested residents to promote recycling in Smithtown.
A portion of the wastes collected for manifested disposal include: 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 and solids, lacquers, lithium batteries, battery acids and various other toxic compounds.
Covanta provided $5 Home Depot gift cards to over 60 residents for recycling potentially dangerous lithium-ion and other batteries, propane tanks and mercury containing devices, thereby preventing these harmful items from curbside disposal. Over 1,000 pounds of these materials were recycled.
The next collection event is scheduled for October 7th. Hazardous Household Waste collection events are for Smithtown Township residents only. Proof of residency will be enforced.
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Residents can also dispose of electronic waste, free of charge, at the Town Recycling Center 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.
Mulch is also available FREE OF CHARGE to residents. Smithtown residents can line up for pre-packaged bags of mulch with a maximum of 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