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Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, Oct. 20

The City of Shelton will sponsor a Hazardous Waste Collection day Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Highways and Bridges garage, at 40 Myrtle Street.

The following materials will be collected: Oil based paints and strippers, paint thinner, solvents, stains and varnishes, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid, waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline), antifreeze, engine degreaser, carburetor cleaner, brake fluid, car wax, poisons, insecticides, weed killers, mothballs, wood preservatives (except penta), no-pest strips, flea powder, hobby supplies, artist supplies, rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry sets.

Also included are cleaning supplies, furniture, floor and metal polishes, oven, toilet bowl and drain cleaners, rug and upholstery cleaners, spot removers, dry cleaning solvents, septic tank degreasers, swimming pool chemicals, dry cell batteries and aerosol cans.

The chemicals, most of which are commonly found in the home, present the same danger as industrial toxic waste if disposed of improperly, according to the city. Improper disposal may lead to surface and ground water contamination. The chemicals are also a fire hazard and may endanger children and household pets.

Chemicals should be transported in their original containers. Pack containers in sturdy, upright boxes and pad with newspaper. Sort and pack oil paint, pesticides and household cleaners separately. To transport the items safely, avoid spills and do not place in a garbage bag or mix any of the chemicals. Pack your car and drive directly to the site. Never smoke while handling hazardous material. The homeowner should secure ripped or leaking containers before arriving at the collection.

Also, material should be identified prior to coming to the collection.

Residents with discarded motor oil can save themselves time and avoid long lines by bringing it to the Highways and Bridges Garage on Myrtle Street Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Commercial quantities of waste and 55 gallon drums will not be accepted.

Items that will not be accepted include: Latex paint, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, radioactive waste, gas cylinders, infectious and biological waste, prescription medicines/syringes, Penta brand wood preservatives, commercial or industrial waste, pesticides containing 2-4-5 T, silvex, smoke detectors, asbestos, compresses gas cylinders, waste motor oil, car batteries, empty aerosols and tires.

For more information contact the Highways and Bridges Department at 203-924-9277 or the Mayor’s Office at 203-924-1555, Ext. 370.

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