Hazardous waste, paint to be collected

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Residents of 10 local towns, including Beacon Falls and Naugatuck, can dispose of household hazardous waste and paint collection next weekend.

A household hazardous waste and paint collection day is scheduled for April 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Road, in Oxford.

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.

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 public works at (203) 720-7073.