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Collections are usually held the first Saturday in May and the last Saturday in September (check the town calendar on the web site) from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the town highway garage, located at: 74 Elm Ave. EastSelkirk, NY 12158
In typical years, these items may be brought to the town’s household hazardous waste collection events in the spring and fall. Collections are usually held the first Saturday in May and the last Saturday in September (check the town calendar on the web site) from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the town highway garage, located at: 74 Elm Ave. East Selkirk, NY 12158
NOTE: For 2020 we have had to cancel our HHW collections due to safety concerns and budget constraints from the Covid-19 pandemic
However, there are options for recycling or disposing of some of the items before our next event.
Rechargeable batteries and lead acid (vehicle) batteries can be recycled at all retail stores where they are sold. Fluorescent Bulbs and CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs) can be recycled at some retailers like Lowes in Glenmont.
Computers, televisions, and most other electronics can be recycled year round at the Transfer Station on Rupert Road (fees may apply--see web page for details).
Used motor oil can be brought to any shop that performs oil changes such as Valvoline or Jiffy Lube. Antifreeze can also be brought to any shop that performs radiator service.
Latex (water-based) paint is non-hazardous, and can be dried out and disposed in the regular trash. There are low cost "paint hardener" products for waste paint available for purchase for $2 - $3 that work for 2 - 3 gallons of paint. Or mix with cat litter or sand to help soak up the liquid, remove the lid, and set it in the sun. Once completely solidified, latex paint can be disposed in the regular trash (leave the lid off to show there is no liquid paint, as latex paint, while non-toxic, can gum up machinery and spill down the road).
That leaves items like oil-based paints, solvents, and lawn chemicals. The town recycling coordinator recommends using or storing these items until next year, seeing if any neighbors or friends wish to use them, and consider less toxic alternatives. There now exists water-based paints and stains for most applications, and information is available on the Internet about alternatives to pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
The Town of Bethlehem accepts mercury containing thermostats and thermometers at the Bethlehem highway garage weekdays during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Fluorescent BulbsSpent fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) bulbs may also be brought to the town’s household hazardous waste collection events in the spring and fall for recycling. Collections are usually held the first Saturday in May and the last Saturday in September (check the town calendar on the web site) from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the town highway garage, located at: 74 Elm Ave. EastSelkirk, NY 12158NOTE: We no longer accept fluorescent bulbs for recycling at the town hall or highway garage at other times throughout the year. Some retail stores such as Lowes in Glenmont do accept CFL bulbs for recycling throughout the year. Contact your local home improvement retailer for more details.When transporting fluorescent bulbs for recycling, please pad them well with newspaper and/or bubble wrap to prevent breakage and place them in a tight-fitting box or bag, or their original packaging.
The town holds a pharmaceutical collection each year. Check the recycling events page for upcoming event details.
Also, Four Corners Pharmacy, located at 360 Delaware Avenue in Delmar, now has a secure drug disposal box. This box allows people to dispose of unwanted and unneeded prescriptions and controlled substances (solid only, no liquids) in a manner that is both anonymous, and safe for community and environmental health. The secure, “one-direction” medication drop box is located inside the pharmacy, and therefore only accessible during business hours. For store hours or contact information visit http://4crx.com/.
Residents can bring unwanted medications to all New York Police Headquarters for anonymous disposal at any time, 24/7. Troop G Headquarters is located at: 760 Troy Schenectady Road Latham, NY 12110
After entering the building, place the meds in the clear bag provided on-site, and drop it in the mailbox. For more information, call the headquarters at 518-783-3211.
Or to dispose of pharmaceuticals safely at home:
NEVER flush medications down the toilet or other drains as they can pollute drinking water and waterways.
Medications, if not properly disposed of, can fall into the wrong hands and endanger human health and our communities. If flushed down the drain or otherwise improperly discarded, they can also pollute drinking water and the environment, and further compromise human health.
As one example, a nationwide study conducted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found low levels of drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives and steroids in 80% of the rivers and streams tested.
Read more information about medication disposal.
Alternatively, at the Town’s Rupert Rd. Transfer Station, cardboard tubes from wrapping paper can be recycled with cardboard boxes. Wrapping paper can be recycled with office, home papers as long as they are not shiny.
Cardboard boxes: Single or triple layer cardboard must be flattened, and either recycled curbside with your waste hauler, at the Rupert Road Transfer Station, or placed in the Cascades Recovery recycling dumpsters located at the Elm Avenue CDTA Park & Ride or the Town Municipal Lot at 407 Kenwood Ave, Delmar (near Four Corners).
Gift packaging: Hard plastic packaging, such as the clear plastic clamshell containers, can be recycled with your Single Stream curbside recycling, or with the comingled plastic/glass/metal containers at the Rupert Road Transfer Station.
Christmas tree recycling: Set real trees out curbside after the holiday, remove all ornaments and tinsel. No plastic bags please. The Town picks up trees after the holidays.
Holiday lights: When purchasing new lights, consider energy saving and long-lasting LED lights. You can also recycle your old broken lights at the Ben Weitsman scrap metal yard, 300 Smith Blvd, Albany, NY 12202. Phone: (518) 462-4444.
Or, HolidayLEDs offers customers a chance to recycle their old incandescent holiday lights and receive a 15% coupon discount on any purchase of new, energy efficient LED holiday lights from their website. NOTE: According to their website, the program opens in October and closes at the end of February. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.holidayleds.com/christmas-light-recycling-program.aspx.
Light strands are barely biodegradable (if at all). Plastic and wire can take hundreds or thousands of years to decompose. Not to mention the risk to the animals that rummage in and near our landfills. Just as the plastic rings that bind 6-packs of cola can strangle small creatures, so can Christmas lights, turning a thing of joy in our homes into a killer in nature.
Plastic merchant gift card recycling: Did you know you can recycle plastic gift cards from your favorite merchants? Here’s how!
Plastic Bags and other Film Plastic: Plastic shrink wrap, plastic dry cleaner bags, cling wrap, zip-lock bags, cereal bags, and most other types of clean, dry “plastic film” can be recycled with store bags at your local grocery store, or stores like Target, CVS, Lowes or Walmart. Just place inside a store bag and recycle in marked location in the store.
Polystyrene (Styrofoam) packaging: Clean and dry packing peanuts can be given to shipping companies like Ship, Copy and More in Delmar.
White “Expanded Polystyrene” blocks or forms that are clean and contain no paint or tape, etc. can be saved until you have a quantity, then taken to Shelter Enterprises for free recycling (you can identify polystyrene as “expanded foam” if is composed of numerous tiny foam “beads” and will separate into little balls when broken apart). You need to contact Don Bertolucci first to make an appointment to drop it off: Phone: 237-4100 extension 16. Address: 8 Saratoga Street, Cohoes (at the north end of Route 787).
Green gift purchases: Sustainable gift ideas include home-made items; cleaning service, restaurants and other gift cards; food and drink; house plants and donations to non-profit organizations. See the Town's 2-page Donating Reusables Brochure for a list of local charities which accept donated items.
Shopping recycled: This can be done in the grocery store as well as the toy or department store. Look for items with less packaging or at least recyclable packaging. Remember to bring your cloth bags to the store with you when shopping. Keep in mind, beware of "greenwashing" (false or misleading environmental claims about products)—research claims on the internet, and if terms like “green” or “eco-friendly” aren’t substantiated, then they are probably meaningless.