By Eric Malanoski (Townsquare Media News)

Otsego County held its 19th annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day this past weekend.  On Friday morning, a satellite event was held in Unadilla at the Town Highway garage.  Approximately 105 cars dropped off hazardous materials.  The main event was held on Saturday at the Meadows Office Complex in the Town of Middlefield with approximately 436 cars dropping off hazardous materials.  A combined total of approximately 541 households took advantage of this free disposal program.

Hazardous wastes commonly found from around the home were collected throughout the day.  Liquid and solid wastes such as pesticides, lubricants, paint, cleaning chemicals and solvents were collected. A significant amount of flammable liquids, corrosive materials and solid pesticide materials was collected.

This was the seventh year pharmaceuticals and medications were collected free of charge.

Other specialty items were also collected for local processing. Approximately 125 automotive batteries were collected.  Approximately 123 propane tanks will be disposed by Suburban Energy Services. A team of local volunteers diverted latex paint from the waste stream and poured an estimated 405 gallons into bulk containers, which will be re-mixed by Golden Artist Colors of Chenango County for eventual re-distribution to local not-for-profit agencies. Agencies interested in obtaining the recycled paint can call the County Planning Department at (607) 547-4225.