(WENY) -- On Saturday, May 18th Chemung County residents will have the opportunity to safely dispose of old household chemicals. This waste disposal is hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County and is free, but open only to residents of the county. Businesses are excluded from this event.

Participants must pre-register and remember the following guidelines:  no disposing of electronics, leaving your pets at home, no smoking, no empty containers, and making your disposable items accessible in the back of your car.

Accepted items for disposal include:

  • Ammonia
  • Antifreeze
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Ballasts
  • Batteries (household types, NOT car batteries)
  • Bleach
  • Brake fluid
  • Cesspool cleaners
  • Drain cleaners
  • Driveway sealer
  • Dry cleaning fluids
  • Engine and radiator flushes
  • Floor cleaners
  • Fluorescent lights (tubes or bulbs)
  • Gasoline/Kerosene
  • Herbicides
  • Insect sprays
  • Mercury, items containing mercury
  • Metal polish
  • Moth balls
  • Muriatic acid
  • Oil based paint and latex paints
  • Old chemistry sets
  • Oven cleaners
  • Paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Photo chemicals/inks
  • Pool chemicals
  • Radiator cleaners
  • Rodent killers
  • Rust preventatives
  • Sealants
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Wood preservatives
  • Wood strippers


Pre-registration is required and can be done by contacting the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County. They are accepting pre-registration from Wednesday, April 24th  through May 15th. Assistance when pre-registering is available Monday to Friday, from 9 am to noon and from 1 pm to 4 pm. Call: 607-734-4453 to start the process.

When registering CCE asks that participants have the following information available:

"By registering for this event, I confirm that all of the materials I am bringing for disposal were generated by a household and not by a business."

  • Your Name
  • Your Phone number
  • Your Address
  • How you heard about this event:
    • TV ad
    • newspaper ad or article
    • the Internet
    • other
  • The waste you intend to bring and the approximate amount
  • If this is the first time you have participated in this event.

Participants are asked by CCE to write their name on a piece of paper and display it on their car window as they drive through for a quick and easy check-in on May 18th.

When participants register for waste disposal, they are asked to confirm that "all of the materials I am bringing for disposal were generated by a household and by a business." This guarantees the event stays focused on helping a community keep clean and safe.