Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Saturday, April 27, 2013
8:30am to Noon
Francis Wyman Elementary School
41 Terrace Hall Ave.
MEDICAL SHARPS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED ON THIS DATE
To print this page, click here.
Items To Bring
Items NOT To Bring
Frequently Asked Questions
Will any material be refused? Yes. We reserve the right to refuse any materialwhich is not deemed acceptable by the managing site chemist.
What if I can’t identify a material? Keep materials in original containers when possible. A chemist will help with difficult identifications.
Is there a charge? Not unless you have an unusually large amount of materials to be disposed.
How do I know if a product is hazardous? Look for the words Poison, Danger, Warning or Caution on the packaging label. A hazardous product has at least one of the following properties: toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive.
HOW DO I DISPOSE OF…
Household appliances and computer monitors? Household appliances (stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers), computer equipment (CPU, monitors, keyboards), air conditioners and televisions will be picked up curbside by Appliance Recyclers. Call Appliance Recyclers at 877-228-2898 to schedule a pick up before placing appliances curbside.
Latex Paint? If paint can contains only a small amount of paint, place can in a secure, ventilated area and remove lid to promote hardening of residual paint. You can also mix in some kitty litter to promote hardening. If more than residual paint is left in can, pour paint in a large cardboard box lined with newspaper. Once paint in can and/or box is dry, throw away with household trash.
Smoke Detectors? The radioactive source in smoke detectors is so small that it is not considered hazardous and can be thrown away in your household trash. If the battery is non-alkaline (e.g. Nickel-Cadmium or Lithium), the battery can be recycled at the Household Hazardous Waste collection event or bring it to the Board of Health office at 61 Center Street.
Construction Materials? Make sure your contractor removes these materials (pressure treated wood, shingles, roofing material, etc.) when the project is complete. These materials cannot be placed in household trash and they will not be accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day. If you have these materials, contact a local trash removal company for disposal.
Home Medical Waste? Unwanted or expired medicines or pharmaceuticals, disposable sheets, medical gloves and soiled bandages should be wrapped well in plastic bags and place in your household trash. Do not pour them down the drain. Individuals who have received cancer treatment drugs or radioactive medicines should follow specific instructions issued by the hospital regarding disposal of radioactive waste materials.
Medical Sharps? Keep sharp objects such as needles, syringes, and lancelets in secure containers out of the reach of children. For disposal of medical sharps place them in a rigid plastic container or designated medical waste container with a secure lid.
Fire Extinguishers? The two most common types include dry chemical (sodium bicarbonate or monoammonium phosphate) and carbon dioxide (CO2), both of which are not hazardous. To empty contents, discharge outside, away from children or pets. Monoammonium phosphate is an irritant to eyes and the respiratory tract. Wear goggles and particulate mask when discharging extinguisher.
Dry chemical extinguishers
- May be discharged in an area where an acidic fertilizer would be used such as around evergreens. Do not use on lawns.
- When relieving the pressure (emptying) the container for disposal, review manufacturers' instructions, or, if unavailable, use the PASS technique
- Pull the pin: this unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the extinguisher. Some extinguishers may have other seals or tamper indicators.
- Aim low: Point the extinguisher nozzle (or hose) at the base of the item.
- Squeeze the lever above the handle: this discharges the extinguishing agent. Releasing the lever will stop the discharge. (Some extinguishers have a button instead of a lever.)
- Sweep from side to side.
- After pressure has been relieved (when nothing else comes out) remove the head from the container and place it with scrap metal or in the trash.
Carbon dioxide extinguishers
- These extinguishers are refillable and should be refilled after each use. Check Yellow Pages under Fire Extinguishers - Recharging.
- If the extinguisher becomes defective, drill holes in the cylinder after pressure has been relieved and then place in the trash.
- Ask fire equipment companies in your area if they will accept used extinguishers (listed in the Yellow Pages).
Very old fire extinguishers
- Consult fire department. Very old fire extinguishers may contain carbon tetrachloride, a known carcinogen.
- Take to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.