New Canaan has a household hazardous waste collection day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 (two Saturdays away), and Darien residents are welcome there.
The event takes place outside the New Canaan Wastewater Treatment Plant at 394 Main St.
— Information here is from the public works web page of the New Canaan town government website.
Darien residents are also welcome at household hazardous waste collection events in Westport on Oct. 3 and Wilton on Oct. 17 (the last one this year that Darien residents can go to). Darien held its collection day on June 6.
Some things to know:
—There is no cost for dropping off items at any of these collection events.
—Please have drivers license or registration readily available.
—Don’t leave your vehicle unless instructed to do so.
—No commercial (business) loads accepted.
What is household hazardous waste?
Household hazardous waste can be any improperly discarded product that can be classified as toxic (poisonous), corrosive, flammable or reactive (explosive).
Such products can be found in most homes, garages or workshops and when improperly disposed of can poison people and animals and pollute the home and natural environments.
Reading label precautions can identify many of these products. Look for the words: Poison, Corrosive, Toxic, Volatile, Flammable, Caution, Danger, or Warning.
How do I transport these materials safely?
—Bring materials in original containers securely closed
—Pack containers in sturdy, upright boxes and pad with newspaper if necessary
—Never mix chemicals together
—Never smoke or eat while handling hazardous materials
—Leaking or broken containers must be contained
—Do not leave vehicle unless instructed to do so!!
What do I bring?
From the workbench:
Oil based paints
Stains and varnishes
From the garage:
Car wax, polishes
Swimming pool chemicals
From the yard:
Flea control products
From the house:
Floor and metal polish
Drain and toilet cleaners
Rug and upholstery cleaners
Fluorescent light bulbs
What not to bring !!
Commercial generated wastes
Radioactive wastes/Smoke detectors
Oil and antifreeze
Dry cell batteries