A Household Hazardous Waste Day is being held in New Milford this morning. Residents from the towns of Brookfield, Bridgewater, Kent, New Milford, Roxbury, Sherman, Washington and Warren can participate. It's being held from 9am to 3pm at the former John Pettibone School on Pickett District Road in New Milford.
New Milford Mayor David Gronbach says proof of residency is required. There is no cost or limit to dispose of items. Electronics can be dropped off for free at the New Milford Recycling Center. A licensed contractor will dispose of the items and is being paid with funding that each of the towns send to the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority. HRRA encourages these types of collection days.
Gronbach says this is a responsible way to get rid of products that require special handling. Otherwise, he says it goes into landfills and can pose environmental issues down the road.
Paints, Stains and Varnishes, Paint Thinners, Polishes for Furniture, Floor & Metal, Cleaners for Upholstery, Ovens , Toilet Bowls and Drains, Swimming Pool Chemicals and Fluorescent Bulbs. Also being accepted are Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides, Moth Balls, Lighter Fluids and Kerosene and Gasoline. Rechargeable Batteries, Camera Batteries and Thermometers will also be collected.
Certain items will not be collected including electronics, empty Aerosol Cans, Auto Batteries and Tires, Controlled Substances and Pharmaceutical or Medical Wastes.