The Bureau of Special Services and Solid Waste administers a broad scope of regulatory and educational programs including: primary prevention of lead poisoning in children, commercial tanning facilities, SHARPS, flow control of solid waste, recycling, hauler permitting, hazardous materials found in the home, and oversight of the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Program. Management of these programs is achieved through education and enforcement pursuant to the New York State Public Health Law, Chapter 350 of the Laws or Rockland County and the Rockland County Sanitary Code.
In 2010, the Bureau devoted a tremendous amount of time and resources towards implementation of a comprehensive program to enforce flow control of solid waste and recycling in Rockland County. Bureau staff continues to work in our existing recycling program, separation of non-offensive materials. Work in both of these programs continues cooperatively with the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA).
The County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program has entered its sixteenth year under management by both the SWMA and the Health Department. This facility provides an outlet for the environmentally responsible disposal of all types of household hazardous waste for Rockland residents and small business owners. Efforts dedicated to this program continue to grow along with the success of the program. Over 17,000 residents and small businesses have taken advantage of this program in 2010.
Mold and indoor air quality continue to be areas of great concern for residents. Informational services are provided to residents regarding these environmental issues along with radon and asbestos.
The Bureau works vigorously on the mitigation of lead based paint hazards in property where children have been poisoned by lead. Work in primary prevention of lead poisoning continues through our partnership with Rockland County Section 8 to perform pre-rental lead risk assessments and conduct routine lead risk assessment for Section 8 properties when referred.