Disposal Options Chart

Identifying Hazardous wastePersonal Care ItemsRetailer Return Programs

Poisons, chemicals, pesticides, antifreeze & certain paints. 

are collected on specific dates. Dutchess County Collection schedule Dcrra.org (845) 463-6020


Eye Glasses

Old glasses are collected by The Lions Club Rhinebeck Chapter, at M&T Bank in Red Hook, at Northern Dutchess Hospital and at most eye care providers.

Plastic Film & Plastic bags

Hannaford Supermarkets



Latex Paint is not a hazardous waste.  To dispose of it mix one part cat litter (or saw dust) with one part paint.  Let it sit out to dry in a ventilated area.  Once paint is completely dried, place it in a garbage bag, tie it tightly, and then you can put it in the regular garbage.

Oil-Based Paint is a hazardous waste and should be brought to one of the Dutchess County Household Hazardous Waste drop-off events.

Medication Needles

Hospitals and nursing homes in New York State are mandated by law to accept properly contained, home-generated sharps.

Contact: NuVance; Northern Dutchess Hospital (845) 871-3900  

Propane Tank

Contact your local gas company to ask if they will accept your tank.

Smoke Detectors do not go in the garbage nor your recycling bin.  Contact the manufacturer of the detector for proper disposal.

Unused medications

Please never flush old medications!

Drop them off at the Red Hook Police Dept in Village Hall for proper disposal. RHPD doesn’t accept  needles nor hazardous materials.

Cell Phones

The NYS Wireless Recycling Act requires all wireless telephone service providers that sell phones to also take older cell phones for reuse or recycling.

Light Bulbs

CFL bulbs can be recycled for free at Lowes or Home Depot.

Fluorescent tubes must be brought to a Dutchess County Household Hazardous Waste drop off event, or contacting American Lamp Recycling.

Incandescent bulbs can be thrown in your household garbage as they don’t contain hazardous materials

Clothing, Shoes & Textiles

Textiles such as clothing and shoes can be brought to a clothing donation box or to Red Hook Community Center’s Community Clothes Closet.

Bedding and other household linens can be donated to….

Clothing & Textile Take back programs:

Printer ink cartridges:

Some cartridges can be refilled and reused. To recycle your ink cartridges, check with the manufacturer to see if they have a mail back program. Or, find a large retailer that gives credit towards new ones when you return ink cartridges for recycling.

Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers must be taken at one of the Dutchess County Household Hazardous Waste drop off events.

Electronic Waste

Laptops and desktop computers that still work can be donated to the Rehoming Tech Program at Red Hook Public Library. Contact Amy@redhooklibrary.org for more information. 

Non-working computers, televisions, printers, et al. - Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency

RH Recycling Center accepts electronic waste at special collection events; check the calendar on the Town’s website.

Batteries by type

Alkaline batteries -Dispose of in the garbage, or you may find a mail away program such as Call2recycle.org

Rechargeable batteries- The NYS Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act requires manufacturers of covered rechargeable batteries to collect and recycle the batteries at no cost to consumers. Many local retailers provide bins for battery recycling.

Button cell batteries can be brought to one of the Dutchess County Household Hazardous Waste drop off events.

Automotive batteries can be recycled by retailers selling car batteries.

Oil & Automotive Fluids,
Used Motor Oil
NY State requires service stations and automotive retailers to accept used motor oil.  

Gasoline mixtures are a hazardous waste and must be brought to one of the Dutchess County Household Hazardous Waste drop off events.