Household hazardous waste collection set for April 16

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A Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for several area towns, including Beacon Falls and Naugatuck for Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will be held at the Southbury Town Hall at 501 Main St. South in Southbury.

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. These wastes are harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly. The goal of the program is to keep potentially hazardous waste out of local landfills and sewers, providing extra protection for wetlands and waterways.

Examples of wastes that will be accepted include alkaline batteries, mercury thermometers, drain and oven cleaners, upholstery cleaners, oil or lead-based paint (alkyd), 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 latex paint (water-based), auto batteries, motor oil, propane tanks, compressed gas cylinders, asbestos, smoke detectors, explosives, radioactive or medical waste, and empty containers of any kind.

The contractor reserves the right to reject additional materials.

Materials will only be accepted in household quantities and container sizes. 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.

For further information contact town representatives. For Beacon Falls call Ed Bea at (203) 729-6978. For Naugatuck call Sheila Baummer at (203) 720-7073.