Hazardous waste, paint to be collected


MIDDLEBURY — Household hazardous waste and paint will be collected Oct. 18.

The Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection Day is open to residents of 10 area towns, including Beacon Falls and Naugatuck. The collection is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury.

There is no charge to residents. Proof of residency is required for entrance.

Household hazardous wastes are any wastes produced in the home that are poisonous, flammable, reactive or corrosive. In addition, residents may bring latex (water-based) paint to the collection.

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.