History of Events

First HHW Event

During the years we were trying to build support to hold our first HHW event, Cayuga County staff found 100% grant funding to hold a similar event, an agricultural chemical collection event known as a Clean Sweep. So, the County's first hazardous waste event was not the 1997 HHW day, but our 1996 Clean Sweep event. After successfully implementing Clean Sweep 1996, the County Legislature authorized the local contribution to hold our first HHW event the following year.

Continued Recycling

Since 1997, the County Legislature has authorized the County's Solid Waste Management Program Office to regularly apply for 50% New York State assistance to conduct these programs. In all, Cayuga County has received over $200,000 in New York State grant funds to conduct its household hazardous waste collections and generally has matched the State dollars one for one.

 The County has also received assistance from federal sources, the City of Auburn and NUCOR Steel to make these collection programs available to the public.

Sponsored & Supported

Cayuga County has also co-sponsored and/or supported other events for hazardous materials and/or hazardous chemicals, such as the New York State Department of Environmental Clean Sweeps of agricultural and school chemicals in 2005 and 2009, and, the City of Auburn Police and Kinney's Drug Stores prescription drug and medicine collections that began in 2010.

  1. Clean Sweep Events
  2. Household Hazardous Chemicals
  3. Non-Chemical
  4. Chemicals & Propane Tanks
  5. Tire Collections

Clean Sweep Events: Hazardous Chemicals from Agriculture & Schools

  • Clean Sweep 1996: Clean Sweep, November 7, 1996
  • Clean Sweep 2002: Clean Sweep, October 30 and 31, 2002
  • Clean Sweep 2003: Clean Sweep, November 18 and 19, 2003