Hazardous waste, paint to be collected

WATERTOWN — 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 Trumbull Primary School, 779 Buckingham St.

There is no charge to residents. Proof of residency is required for entrance. The event is sponsored by the Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley and participating towns.

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.

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