Household hazardous waste to be collected
WATERBURY — A Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection Day is scheduled for 10 area towns, including Beacon Falls and Naugatuck, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John F. Kennedy High School, 422 Highland Ave., in Waterbury.
There is no charge to residents. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, tax bill, or other identification, is required for entrance. The event is sponsored by the Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley and participating towns.
Household hazardous wastes are any wastes produced in the home that are poisonous, flammable, reactive or corrosive. The goal of the program is to keep potentially hazardous waste out of local landfills and sewers, providing extra protection for wetlands and waterways. In addition, residents may now bring latex (water-based) paint to the collection event for the first time.
Examples of wastes that will be accepted include: oil- and latex-based paints and stains, thermometers and thermostats containing mercury, drain and oven cleaners, upholstery cleaners, wood cleaners, strippers and varnishes, pesticides, poisons, pool and photo chemicals, automotive cleaners and fluids, grease and rust solvents, aerosols and metal polishes.
Items that will not be accepted include: auto batteries, motor oil, propane tanks, compressed gas cylinders, asbestos, smoke detectors, explosives, radioactive or medical waste, grout, joint compound, and empty containers of any kind. The contractor reserves the right to reject additional materials.
Up to 50 pounds of residential waste will be accepted per vehicle. Residents should leave materials in the original container whenever possible. When arriving at the collection site, residents are asked to stay in their cars at all times. Trained waste handlers will remove materials from the cars.
Unacceptable materials will be returned or left in the vehicle and information will be given on how to dispose of them.
Beacon Falls residents can contact the public works garage at (203) 729-6978 for more information. Naugatuck residents can call Sheila Baummer at (203) 720-7073.