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Recycling Your Household Waste

Wednesday, April 21, 2021   /   by Bell Home Team

Recycling Your Household Waste

Happy Earth Day! This year marks the 51st Earth Day. In honor of this year’s theme, Restore our Earth, we wanted to highlight some local resources for you to safely dispose of your household items. The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) has been working to keep Central New York clean and healthy since 1990. And with locations throughout the county, OCRRA makes it easy to do your part towards a greener future.

One lesser-known service that OCRRA provides is a household toxic’s drop off. For those items that shouldn’t go in the trash or down the drain, OCRRA has set up a drop-off program for these items. While you’re doing your spring cleaning this year or prepping to list your house, make sure to take advantage of this free program. Here is a list of accepted items:


General Items:

  • Toxic products
  • Flammable products
  • Poisonous products
  • Corrosive products

Auto products:

  • Antifreeze
  • Body filler
  • Brake fluid
  • Diesel fuel
  • Engine degreaser
  • Gasoline (Cans can be returned; don’t pour off at home.)
  • Transmission fluid

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Oven cleaner
  • Drain cleaner
  • Lye
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Floor and furniture polish

Gardening supplies:

  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides

Painting Supplies:

·     Oil-based paints

·     Stains or finishes

·     Paint thinner

·     Turpentine

·     Brush cleaner

·     Paint stripper

·     Wood preservatives

Household Items:

·     Adhesives

·     Driveway sealer

·     Epoxy

·     Kerosene

·     Lighter fluid

·     Lube grease

·     Mercury thermometers and thermostats

·     Mothballs

·     Nail polish remover

·     Petroleum products

·     Pool chemicals

·     Smoke detectors

·     Loose asbestos (must be double-bagged)

·     Asbestos pipe wrapping (pipes removed)

If you are unsure of how to safely dispose of a certain item, OCRRA has a “How do I get rid of” search function on their website. You can search by item here.

And, if you are free to join us, the Bell Home Team is hosting our Earth Day Cleanup event tomorrow, April 23rd, at 10am. Join us at Widewaters Parkway in Dewitt to help beautify a part of our community. Find out more and register here!