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DEFINITIONS OF WASTE CATEGORIES


Antifreeze, Used

  •  Separated recyclable item. Used antifreeze may not be thrown away with municipal solid waste (garbage) or C&D debris. Used antifreeze from “do-it-yourself” mechanics is accepted for recycling at the Solid Waste Management Center. Acceptance quantities are limited to 5 gallons per customer.

Appliances

  •  Separated recyclable item. Any predominately metal item commonly used in the household, including: stoves, ovens, microwaves, toasters, and dishwashers. Freon containing appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and water coolers must be handled separately to allow for the collection and recycling of freon gas. Non-freon appliances are handled as scrap metal. Accepted at the Solid Waste Management Center and many Town Transfer Stations.


Asbestos (Friable Asbestos)

  •  Friable asbestos is accepted for disposal and requires prior approval for acceptance.  Contact the Solid Waste Director at Delaware County DPW for more information.  Non friable asbestos is disposed of as C&D debris. .


Ashes, Burn Barrels

  •  Prohibited item. Ashes from burn barrels, woodstoves, fireplaces, and fire pits are not accepted for disposal. Please extinguish ashes completely and bury on site.


Bale Wrap

  •  C&D / Furniture. Sheet plastic used in farming to protect sileage. Bale wrap and other sheet plastics and tarps must be disposed of as C&D debris. Accepted at the Solid Waste Management Center and many Town Transfer Stations (see below).

  •  Dirty and contaminated bale wrap is disposable as C&D debris.  Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-865-6531 for information on agricultural plastics recycling opportunities.

Batteries, Lead Acid and Dry Cell

  •  Separated recyclable item. Batteries are recycled at the Solid Waste Management Center and at the annual CLEAN SWEEP Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day in the fall. Lead acid car batteries may also be exchanged for a $5 refund with the purchase of a new car battery at your local retailer.

Biosolids / Sludges

  •  The solid fraction from waste water treatment and water treatment facilities. These wastes may be accepted for disposal and requires prior approval for acceptance. Contact the Solid Waste Director at Delaware County DPW for more information.

Carcasses (see Road Kill)

CLEAN SWEEP

  •  CLEAN SWEEP is the annual household hazardous waste, farm pesticides, and small business hazardous waste disposal day. Each fall we schedule two days to accept and safely dispose of hazardous and semi-hazardous wastes that are not accepted for disposal at the Solid Waste Management Center. CLEAN SWEEP provides a low cost and convenient way to safely dispose of these items. Look for advertising in August and September for CLEAN SWEEP or contact the Solid Waste Management Center for information.

Clothes and Shoes, Used

  •  Good condition used and new clothes and shoes may be recycled. Accepted at the Solid Waste Management Center and many Town Transfer Stations. Look for the drop box to properly recycle unwanted clothing.

Construction & Demolition Debris / Furniture

  •  Structural and bulky debris, including:

    • Structural debris

    • Siding, wall coverings, plaster and drywall

    • Plumbing, non-metal pipes, and fixtures

    • Shingles and roofing

    • Painted or treated wood

    • Dried paint residue

    • Asphalt

    • Plastic and vinyl sheeting

    • Electrical wiring & non-hazardous components

    • Insulation

    • Flooring, carpeting, linoleum

    • Furniture

    • Mattresses

    • Hoses and tubing, tarps

    • Bale wrap

Contaminated Soil

  •  Soils contaminated from petroleum or fuel oil leaks and spills, or other sources of semi hazardous or hazardous contamination. These materials may be accepted for disposal. Prior approval required. Accepted only at the Solid Waste Management Center. For more information, contact the Solid Waste Director.

Corrugated Cardboard

  •  Separated recyclable item. Corrugated cardboard has a wavy interior. Common in packaging and boxes. Accepted at all Town Transfer Stations and the Solid Waste Management Center.

Dead Animals and Carcasses

  •  Prohibited item. Large dead animals and carcasses including deer, cows, coyotes, and domesticated animals may not be thrown away with municipal solid waste (garbage) or C&D debris. These materials should be limed and buried on site or composted on site. For more information on carcass composting, contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office for more information on carcass composting.

Food Scraps

  • Food scraps and other organic scraps should be handled with your garbage. These organic wastes are converted to soil amendment in the compost facility.

Fluorescent Lights, Bulbs, Ballasts, and Transformers

  •  Prohibited item. Fluorescent lights and associated fixtures are considered hazardous and may not be thrown away with municipal solid waste (garbage) or C&D debris. These items are accepted at the yearly CLEAN SWEEP Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day each fall. CLEAN SWEEP is a safe disposal method for these items.

Fuel Tanks (see also Contaminated Soil)

  •  Fuel tanks may be accepted as scrap metal. Tanks must be empty and must have two large holes clearly visible in the tank prior to acceptance for disposal. For more information, contact the Solid Waste Management Center.

Furniture

  •  C&D / Furniture. Any common household or institutional item that is large, including: couches, chairs, sofas, desks, tables, and beds, mattresses, and box springs. Furniture is disposed of as C&D debris. Consider donating good quality used furniture to a consignment shop or local charity. Accepted at the Solid Waste Management Center and many Town Transfer Stations.

Garbage (see Municipal Solid Waste)

Mercury Switches, Lights, Bulbs, Ballasts, and Transformer

  •  Prohibited item. Mercury switches, lights, and associated fixtures are considered hazardous and may not be thrown away with municipal solid waste (garbage) or C&D debris. These items are accepted at the yearly CLEAN SWEEP Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day each fall. CLEAN SWEEP is a safe disposal method for these items.

Motor Oil & Filters, Used

  •  Separated recyclable item. Used motor oil may not be thrown away with municipal solid waste (garbage) or C&D debris. Used motor oil and filters from “do-it-yourself” mechanics are accepted for recycling at the Solid Waste Management Center. Acceptance quantities are limited to 5 gallons per customer. Many retail stores and automotive service centers accept used oil for recycling.

Municipal Solid Waste (Garbage)

  •  Non hazardous household waste, including:

    • Food scraps

    • Packaging, boxboard, foils, plastic films, non-recyclable containers & lids

    • Kitchen and bathroom trash

    • Disposable goods

    • Broken durable goods

Newspaper

  •  Separated recyclable item. Newspaper and newsprint as commonly found on the newsstand. Does not include plastic over wrap (garbage) or office paper quality inserts (mixed paper recycling). Accepted at all Town Transfer Stations and the Solid Waste Management Center.

Organic Wastes (see Food Scraps)

Paint Cans

  •  Empty paint cans and paint cans with dried paint residue are disposed of as C&D debris. Always remove the lid and be certain the can is dry.

Paint, Solvents, Cleaners, Pesticides

  •  Prohibited item. Left over and unused liquids including paints, solvents, tars, cleaners, and pesticides are not accepted for disposal and are handled at the yearly CLEAN SWEEP Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day each fall. CLEAN SWEEP is a safe disposal method for these items.

Paper, Mixed Magazines, Junk Mail, Office Paper, and Computer Paper

  •  Separate recyclable item. Includes the mixture of: magazines, junk mail, office paper, computer paper, copy paper, post-it notes, note cards, envelops. Does not include waterproof or Tyvek mailers, plastic over wrap, carbon paper, padded envelops, spiral binding. Accepted at all Town Transfer Stations and the Solid Waste Management Center.

Pharmaceutical Wastes

  •  Household medications and household pet medications, including prescriptions, over the counter medications, and veterinary medications.  These can be in the form of: pills, powders, liquids, vials, sprays, inhalers, gels, ointments.  These items are accepted at CLEAN SWEEP for safe disposal.

Prohibited Item

  •  Select items that are hazardous or otherwise incompatible with the solid waste management program. These items are not accepted at any of the Town Transfer Stations or the Solid Waste Management Center. For information on disposal of a prohibited item, contact the Solid Waste Director for more information.

Propane Tanks

  •  Grill size tanks (20lbs.) and larger tanks are recycled with scrap metal. Tanks must be empty and have the valve removed prior to acceptance. Accepted at the Solid Waste Management Center. Grill size tanks may also be recycled through a local tank exchange.

Recyclables, Co-Mingled

  •  Recyclable items that are accepted mixed together. Co-mingled recyclables include:

    • Plastic #1 - #7, all bottles, jugs, and containers

    • Metal food and beverage containers, including Aluminum cans, trays and pans

    • Glass bottles and jars, all colors

    • Please removes caps and rinse clean, and keep loose (no plastic bags, string or wire)

Recyclables, Separated

  •  Recyclable items that are must be kept segregated. Separated recyclables include:

    • Corrugated cardboard

    • Mixed magazines, junk mail, office paper, computer paper, and newspaper

    • Clothing and shoes

    • Used motor oil

    • Used antifreeze

    • Batteries, lead acid and dry cell

    • Scrap metal and appliances

    • Electronics, TV sets, computer monitors

    • Tires

Single Stream Recyclables accepted at Walton Facility Only
Please speak with your Hauler about your opportunities for Recycling.

Road Kill (see also Composting Road Kill)

  •  Most "Road Kill" are not accepted as part of the Delaware County Solid Waste Management Center or Town Transfer Stations. Road kill/carcasses should be composted on site.

  •  CWD (chronic waste disease) carriers such as deer and elk may be safely disposed of in the landfill.  Please keep these carcasses separate from your regular garbage and notify the scale operator that you have a carcass that needs to be landfilled.  These animal carcasses Should NOT  be handled with your regular garbage.

Scrap Metal

  •  Separated recyclable item. Metal items, including: scrap metal pieces, wheel rims, bike frames, lawn mowers, grills, car parts, wire, metal pipes and posts, metal fencing, metal boats, motors and engine parts, and appliances. Freon containing appliances (refrigerators, freezers, etc) must be handled separately. Drums and tanks must be empty and cut open. Box springs must be clean of fabric and wood. Accepted at all Town Transfer Stations and the Solid Waste Management Center.

Sharps, Syringes

  •  Sharps include: syringes, needles, diabetic lancets.  Place sharps in a rigid, non-breakable container, and secure the lid with strong tape.  Ask your medical provider about disposal, or bring sharps to CLEAN SWEEP for safe disposal.  Please DO NOT place sharps or syringes with recyclables.  Contact the Solid Waste Management Center for more information.

Sodium Lights, Bulbs, Ballasts, and Transformers

  •  Prohibited item. Sodium lights and associated fixtures are considered hazardous and may not be thrown away with municipal solid waste (garbage) or C&D debris. These items are accepted at the yearly CLEAN SWEEP Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day each fall. CLEAN SWEEP is a safe disposal method for these items.

Tires

  •  Separated recyclable item. Passenger tires, light truck tires, and over the road truck tires may not be thrown away with municipal solid waste (garbage) or C&D debris. Tires must be off the rim (rims are scrap metal) and only “over the road” tires can be accepted. These items are accepted for recycling at the Solid Waste Management Center throughout the year and at select transfer stations. There is a limit on the number of tires that can be accepted. Please contact your transfer station or the Solid Waste Management Center for more information.

TV Sets, Computer Monitors

  •  Separated recyclable item. TV sets and computer monitors are considered hazardous and may not be thrown away with municipal solid waste (garbage) or C&D debris. These items are accepted for recycling at the Solid Waste Management Center throughout the year and at select transfer stations.

Wood Waste

  •  Wood waste is limited to unpainted, and untreated lumber including pallets and lumber scrap. Wood waste is accepted at the Solid Waste Management Center. Wood items that have been painted, stained, or treated, including CCA lumber, furniture, and siding are classified as C&D debris for disposal.

 
 

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