Hazardous waste, paint to be collected

WOLCOTT — The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and participating towns are sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection Day on Saturday.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wolcott Recycling Center, 48 Todd Road. The event is open to residents of 17 area towns, including Beacon Falls, Naugatuck and Prospect. Proof of residency is required for entrance.

Household hazardous wastes are any wastes produced in the home that are poisonous, flammable, reactive or corrosive. Residents can also bring latex (water-based) paint to the collection event.

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, lead paint chips, 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 and stay in their cars at all times.

Unacceptable materials will be returned or left in the vehicle, and information will be provided on how to dispose of them.

For information, call 203-757-0535.