Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

Cayuga County provides household hazardous waste collection events for county residents, including city of Auburn residents, to properly dispose of old chemicals and outdated supplies of hazardous products.

Event Information

Product Labels

Organizers want to remind residents that product labels containing the words "caution," "danger," "warning" or "poison" should be treated with special care.

Other words on labels that can signal consumers of hazardous products include "corrosive," "toxic," "flammable" and "explosive." These wastes should be stored properly until a collection event. Please store wastes in original containers away from extreme temperatures and out of reach of children. Product labels may also state other specific precautions.

Collected Items

Items collected at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event:

  • Adhesives
  • Aerosol Cans that contain hazardous products
  • Button cell and hearing aid batteries
  • Corrosives (acids, lye)
  • Driveway sealers
  • Home Chemistry Sets
  • Household Cleaning Products
  • Latex Paint
  • Mercury and Mercury Products (i.e., thermometers)
  • Small propane tanks up to grill size
  • Miscellaneous Vehicle Fluids
  • Oil-based Paint and Stains
  • Pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides)
  • Polish and Waxes
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Smoke detectors
  • Water Based Paint

Not Collected

Please do not bring:

  • Asbestos
  • Alkaline and Rechargeable Batteries
  • Ammunition/Ordinances/Explosives
  • Children or Pets for safety reasons
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (other than propane or helium)
  • DEA Controlled Substances 
  • E-waste including CRTs, PCs and TVs, 
  • Freon Appliances
  • Medical and Infectious Waste
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Tires
  • Type A or B Organic Peroxides (substances on the DOT SADT list)

Additional Information

Several fact sheets about various hazardous wastes are available at no cost from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County. If you would like information on motor oil, antifreeze, non-hazardous cleaning alternatives, or rechargeable and lead acid batteries call 315-255-1183. 

  1. Everyday Disposal Options
  2. Year Round Disposal Options
  3. Fact Sheets