Difficult to dispose of

and recycle items

One of the most significant environmental contributions we can all make on a daily basis is to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste. These practices are good not only for the environment but also for our economy and our communities.

Here are a few tips and resources for disposing of and recycling items that are not collected in our curbside trash or recycling:

Village Hall offers convenient drop off for cell phones and unused medications

  • Drop off cell phones for recycling at a container in the lobby of Village Hall. Bronxville HS students, concerned about the U.S.’s 9.4 million tons of annual e-waste, have developed a program called iTRAID to recycle phones responsibly.

  • Dispose of unused medications at the Police Station’s collection bin. Only pills are accepted. Liquids and needles are not accepted. Never put medications in the trash or down the sink/toilet.

Westchester Household Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF) accepts most household hazardous waste and other items worthy of special handling. The facility is located in Valhalla and is available to Westchester County residents on a year-round, appointment-only basis. See the list of accepted items below and check out the County website for more specific information on items and to schedule appointments.

Accepted Wastes:

  • New! Textiles (including shoes, sneakers, boots and cleats, belts, handbags, scarfs, hats/gloves, sheets, towels and blankets)

  • Automotive Fluids

  • Car Tires

  • Kerosene and other flammable liquid

  • Electronic waste (computers, printers, televisions, cell phones, most appliances)

  • Refrigerant-containing household appliances (air conditioners, refrigerators, and dehumidifier)

  • Expired or unused pharmaceuticals

  • Polish for metals, jewelry and furniture

  • Pesticides, insecticides, herbicides

  • Chemicals for swimming pools and photography

  • Propane Tanks

  • Fluorescent light bulbs (including CFLs and tube-shaped fluorescent bulbs)

    • Note: LEDs do not contain mercury and are not classified as toxic; therefore, they can be disposed of in the garbage.

  • Rechargeable batteries (including vehicle batteries and button cell)

  • Fire Extinguishers

Fortunately, there are many convenient resources available to properly dispose of and recycle our everyday household items. For example, everycartridge.com offers a guide of solutions for recycling your printer cartridges.

For more solutions, download the Recycle Right Westchester app by Sustainable Westchester. It has a searchable “Recyclopedia” that provides local trash and recycling guidelines as well as resources to donate or sell your goods for reuse.