Additional Disposal Options

Hazardous Waste

Poisons, chemicals, pesticides, antifreeze...

are collected on specific dates. See Dutchess County Solid Waste Management for event dates. Additional information about hazardous wastes is available from Dutchess County Resource Recover Agency, (845) 463-6020


The New York State Postconsumer Paint Collection Program began on May 1, 2022. The program is operated by PaintCare, a non-profit organization established by the paint industry to manage unwanted architectural coating products and provide for their recycling or proper disposal FREE OF CHARGE. The program accepts leftover latex and oil-based paints and similar products (e.g., paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents, aerosol paints [spray cans], caulk, epoxies, glues, adhesives, roof patch) at drop-off sites throughout the state. View a complete list of products accepted by PaintCare.

Paint Drop-Off Sites - PaintCare has paint FREE drop off sites throughout the State. Find a paint drop-off site near you.

  • Drop-off sites will accept up to 5 gallons per customer per visit, some sites may accept more.
  • Paint should be in original containers with intact labels that identify the product.

Smoke Detectors

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

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

Fire Extinguishers

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

Batteries by type

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

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.

Personal Care Items

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.

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  

Unused Medications

Please never flush old medications! Drop them off at the Red Hook Police Department in Village Hall for proper disposal. RHPD doesn’t accept needles nor 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:

Retailer Return Programs

Plastic Film & Plastic bags

Hannaford Supermarkets

Propane Tank

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

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.

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.

Electronic Waste

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

Non-working computers, televisions, printers, etc. - Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency or Staples (see there website for more information

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