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County Household Chemical Clean-Up Days set for May 5 and 6

May 5, 2006

Westchester County is asking residents to once again mark their calendars for the county’s Household Chemical Clean-Up Days on May 5-6 and June 9-10.

Residents are also encouraged to take part in Westchester’s fifth annual No Pesticides Day on Saturday, May 6. No Pesticides Day encourages residents to switch to natural and pesticide-free lawn care. In addition to the chemical clean-up events, June 9 and 10 have also been designated as Spring S.T.I.N.G. weekend when residents are asked to help eliminate mosquito-breeding grounds.

The Household Chemical Clean-Up Day events are scheduled as follows:

Most properly labeled household chemicals are accepted at Clean-Up Days including antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, kerosene, metal polishes, pesticides and herbicides, septic tank and swimming pool cleaners, wood preservatives and more. The county also accepts cell phones, computer monitors and TVs at Chemical Clean-Up Days because these items contain high levels of toxic chemicals. Each household may deliver up to 10 car tires, and residents can exchange an old mercury thermometer for a new digital oral thermometer, free of charge, while supplies last.

Items that are not accepted and should not be delivered to a Clean-Up Day include oil and latex paint, motor oil, vehicle and non-rechargeable batteries, and BBQ tanks. Westchester residents can dispose of these items (as well as other types of wastes such as cell phones and mercury-containing items) without having to wait for a chemical clean-up day by just calling (914) 813-5425 for disposal information. Many Westchester municipalities also offer year-round disposal programs for car tires, computer monitors, TVs and rechargeable batteries.

Turning in chemicals and pesticides can be taken one step further, according to Grassroots Environmental Education. Working with Westchester County, the group is offering information on a comprehensive pesticide reduction program at “No Pesticide Day” on May 6 at FDR State Park. Their Grassroots Healthy Lawn Program educates homeowners about the dangers of lawn pesticide use while simultaneously training landscapers in methods of natural lawn care. For more information and to get a list of landscapers who provide natural lawn care services, as well as local retail outlets that sell natural lawn products, visit www.ghlp.org or call (914) 921-9009.

Besides removing chemicals, residents can eliminate mosquito breeding grounds during Spring S.T.I.N.G weekend on June 9 and 10. The county Health Department is urging residents to survey their property and their neighborhood for potential mosquito breeding sites and remove all unnecessary water-holding containers, especially old tires, cans, buckets, drums, wheelbarrows and bottles. Other tips include:

  • Covering all outdoor trash containers to keep rainwater from accumulating inside.
  • Drilling holes in the bottoms of all recycling containers that are left outdoors.
  • Cleaning roof gutters and removing standing water from flat roofs.
  • Draining the water in birdbaths, plant pots and drip trays twice weekly.
  • Sweeping driveways after it rains so they are free of puddles.

The Health Department asks that residents report any standing water that they cannot clean-up on their own by calling (914) 813-5000 or by logging onto www.westchestergov.com/health and completing an online form.

Additional Chemical Clean-up Days are scheduled for this fall at the county’s recycling center in Yonkers, again at FDR State Park, and at Playland Park in Rye. For a list of acceptable items and directions to the sites, and to gain more information on how to safely and responsibly dispose of many special items year-round, call the county’s Household Chemical Info Line at (914) 813-5425 or log on to www.westchestergov.com.



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