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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY SATURDAY

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This Saturday, May 10, Greenwich residents have an opportunity to safely dispose of their household hazardous waste. The town will be collecting residential hazardous waste on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenwich High School parking lot on Hillside Road.

Household hazardous waste is any material from your home that demonstrates a hazardous characteristic and that you no longer need, or is not usable. The material is hazardous if it’s flammable, corrosive, toxic, or reactive.

Flammable materials would include any household material that readily burns or demonstrates a low flash point, or displays a flammable symbol or label description. Gasoline would be an example.

Corrosive materials are those that are caustic or display a corrosive symbol or label description. An example would be drain cleaner.

Toxic materials are poisonous when ingested or absorbed. They can be harmful, or deadly, to persons, animals, plants and insects. An example would be roach spray.

Reactive materials can be explosive, or react, when ignited or agitated. An example would be picric acid.  

The town, through the waste disposal division of the Greenwich Department of Public Works and through the Greenwich Department of Health, offers us this opportunity every spring. It’s incumbent upon us to avail ourselves of the opportunity by properly and legally disposing of our household hazardous waste. Remember to recycle, and remember that recycling is the law.

THESE ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED 

HOME                                                      GARDEN AND YARD

Bug spray                                                     Fungicide

Floor care products                                    Herbicide or weed killer

Furniture polish                                          Insecticide

Metal polish in solvent                               Rat poison

Lighter fluid                                                  Swimming pool acid

Mothballs

Mercury Thermometers/Thermostats

GARAGE                                                     WORKSHOP

Automatic transmission fluid                     Cutting oil

Car wax in solvent                                         Glue – solvent based

Diesel fuel                                                       Paint – oil based

Fuel oil                                                             Paint cleaner in solvent

Gasoline                                                           Paint primer, thinner, stripper

Kerosene                                                         Turpentine and varnish

Other oils                                                        Wood preservative

                                                                          Photographic chemicals

THESE ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Asbestos                                                         PCBs and derivatives     

Kepone and derivatives                               Infectious waste

Highly reactive materials                            Unknowns   

Bulk containers of herbicides, pesticides 

Radioactive materials

Explosives      

Gas cylinders                                                

RECYCLE THESE AT THE TRANSFER STATION

Latex paint – let dry, recycle can                                                   

Motor vehicle batteries and motor oil

Residential alkaline & rechargeable batteries

Fluorescent bulbs & CFLs

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Wear rubber gloves

Pack like materials carefully in boxes lined with newspaper or kitty litter

Read warning labels

Identify unlabeled containers

Place containers on a flat surface in vehicle to transport

Use containers no larger than 5 gallons each

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE GREENWICH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AT 203-622-7838, OR THE GREENWICH DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AT 203-869-6910

 

 

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