Orange County to hold hazmat and pharmaceutical collections in Newburgh

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GOSHEN – Orange County will hold a hazardous waste collection event for businesses, municipalities, school districts, and farms by appointment only on Friday, November 5 and household hazardous waste and Operation Safe Scripts Pharmaceutical Collections for Orange County residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 at Delano Hitch Recreation Center in Newburgh, located at 401 Washington Avenue.

“These events provide an opportunity to dispose of unwanted and potentially hazardous chemicals that people often accumulate over the years in a safe, environmentally conscious way,” County Executive Steven Neuhaus said. “I hope that residents take advantage of this cost-free opportunity to clear their homes of unnecessary and potentially dangerous products.”

Because of COVID, steps will be taken to ensure safety for all involved are as follows:

  • All workers will wear a mask and proper PPE.
  • Attendees are encouraged to come one person per vehicle and show their proof of residency through a closed window.
  • Attendees are not to leave their vehicles unless in the case of an emergency.
  • Residents shall pack their materials in the rear of their vehicles for workers to handle.
  • Containers will not be returned to prevent potential for transmission.

 

The November 5 event is for businesses, schools, farms and municipalities only and will be held at Delano Hitch Recreation Center at 401 Washington Avenue in Newburgh.  Pre-registration is required and the cost for disposal will be determined by the vendor based on the type and amount of waste to be disposed of (up to 220 pounds per vehicle).  Drop off times will be scheduled by the vendor.  A registration form can be found on the County website by clicking on the “Household Hazardous Waste” tab at http://www.orangecountygov.com/efs. Registrations will be accepted until Friday, October 22nd.

The November 6 event is free for Orange County residents with proof of residency (driver’s license or utility bill with Orange County address) and will also be held at Delano Hitch Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Deputies from the County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to collect unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medication.