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
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
THESE ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Asbestos PCBs and derivatives
Kepone and derivatives Infectious waste
Highly reactive materials Unknowns
Bulk containers of herbicides, pesticides
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
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