Say 'good riddance' at Household Hazardous Waste Day

Household Hazardous Waste Day, also known as Good Riddance Day in Weston, is scheduled for Saturday, April 28. Westonites may bring their household hazardous waste items to the transfer station at the Department of Public Works garage at 78 Old Hyde Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There is no charge, but proof of residency is required.

Many household items contain hazardous substances that pose health and environmental risks. Improper disposal of certain household toxins can contaminate well water, because unlike solids and bacteria, these chemicals cannot be removed by the earth’s natural filtering process.

Since nearly all Weston homes are on private wells, protecting the quality of water resources is of concern.

During Good Riddance Day, hazardous waste is sorted by category, packed in drums by a licensed hauler, and disposed of properly.

Acceptable

Among the items that will be accepted on at Good Riddance Day are acids, aerosols, ammonia cleaners, antifreeze, disinfectants, drain openers, flea powder, furniture polish, gasoline, herbicides, household batteries, household cleaners, insecticides, kerosene, mercury thermometers, mothballs, motor oils, oven cleaner, oil-based paint, paint remover, paint thinner, pesticides, photo chemicals, rust and spot removers, stains, swimming pool chemicals, toilet bowl cleaners, transmission fluid, turpentine and varnishes.

Motor oil and car batteries may be brought to the Weston transfer station and left with the regular attendant.

Not accepted

Items that will not be accepted during hazardous waste collection are latex paints, which may be disposed of safely in the trash; smoke detectors, which may also be disposed of with regular trash; pesticides containing dioxin, 2, 4, 5 T and its derivatives, etiologicals, kepone, pentachlorophenol, explosives, gas cylinders, pathologicals, PCBs, radioactive materials, infectious materials, and shock-sensitive materials.

Here are the 2012 dates and locations of other Household Hazardous Waste days in lower Fairfield County that Westonites may attend.

All dates are Saturdays:

Greenwich: May 12, 8-1, Greenwich High School, 25 Hillside Road; Darien: June 2, 9-1, Noroton Heights train station (south side parking lot), Hollow Tree Ridge Road; Norwalk: Sept. 8; 8-2, Norwalk High School, 23 Calvin Murphy Drive.

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