Hazardous Waste Schedule (All Collections are held on Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm):
According to a fact sheet provided by hazardous waste disposal officials, household hazardous waste days are intended to protect groundwater from contamination from hazardous waste. When hazardous wastes are poured down the sink or toilet, dumped outside, or put out with the trash, they eventually make their way into our water supply. Hazardous materials which cannot be used up should be disposed of properly by licensed professional haulers. They have the facilities to incinerate, neutralize, store, or recycle them. When you are preparing to go to a hazardous waste disposal site, pack items carefully, keeping them in their original containers and safely resealing them. Never mix materials. Each household is limited to 20 total gallons of liquids and 100 total pounds of solids. Once at the hazardous waste disposal site, remain in your vehicle and follow the directions of the on-site official.
The following are items that will be accepted at collection sites:
Drain cleaners, oven cleaners, floor cleaners, metal polish, dry cleaning fluids, arts-and-crafts supplies, chemistry kits, aerosol cans, mercury products, photo chemicals, household batteries, firestarters, transmission fluid, engine or radiator flushes, gasoline, kerosene, wax, polish, brake fluids, rust preventative, wood preservative, oil-based paint, paint thinner, solvents, wood strippers, lead-based paint, degreasers, pesticides or herbicides with 2, 4, 5-T or Silvex, pest killers, muriatic acid, cesspool cleaners, fertilizers, inspect sprays, and pool chemicals.
Materials that will not be accepted at collection sites include:
Latex paint, car batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, explosives, fireworks, ammunition, gas cylinders, wood preservatives with penta chlorophenol, water reactive material such as peroxides or metallic sodium, radioactive materials such as smoke detectors, biologically active material, pcb's, and medications.
If you have questions about how a hazardous waste item should be disposed, contact the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection at (860) 424-3338.