Every year, American people throw away 208 million tons of municipal solid waste, which means that every day each person throws away an average of 4.3 pounds of garbage or trash! Daily, in Dutchess County about 600 tons of solid waste is generated. In order to keep our landfills from getting too full, everyone should be aware of the…
Use Less of Everything…cut down on the use of plastics, carry a re-usable bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles, bring re-usable bags with you when you go shopping, etc...
If you need to use something, re-use it again (plastic bags). Donate your old clothes to charity so others can use them.
To learn more about recycling, including composting and household hazardous waste disposal, please visit the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency (DCRRA).
The New York State Solid Waste Management Act of 1988 requires all municipalities to have mandatory source separation (recycling) programs in place, and requires all County residents and businesses to separate certain items for recycling. Recycling has been mandatory in Dutchess County since 1990 under local law #4. For more information, visit the Dutchess County Division of Solid Waste Management.
Click here to find out what you can - and can't - recycle in Dutchess County!
To learn more about what to do with organic waste (food scraps, yard waste, etc...), including composting, click here!
Find out how you can properly dispose of any household hazardous waste and/or electronics you may have.
Last updated July 26, 2019