Friday, April 20, 2007
Hazardous Waste Day Collection
on April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon
The Annual Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of Transfer Station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection, which is free to residents who have a valid transfer station sticker.
What to bring: Oil based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, pesticides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.
What not to bring: No latex paint. If you bring latex paint to the collection, you will have to bring it back home. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter or newspaper will accelerate the process. Smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials.
CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.
Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the Transfer Station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.
Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9-11 a.m. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.
Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the Transfer Station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of mercury-containing products being replaced.
Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the Transfer Station.
The collection, which begins at 9 a.m., will close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before noon. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed, they cannot be opened for latecomers.
Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.
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