You Can Drop Off Your Household Hazardous Waste in New Canaan Saturday From 8 AM to 2 PM


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Examples of household hazardous waste (photo from the Darien Recycling Center on Facebook)

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If you have household hazardous waste you want to get rid of, you can drop it off in New Canaan today, Saturday, Sept. 14, or in Westport next Saturday, Sept. 21.

Except as noted, the information below is from the New Canaan Public Works Department on that town government’s website:

Where, When, Etc.

New Canaan’s Household Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, Sept. 14. You can drop off items from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the town Wastewater Plant at 394 Main St.

Westport’s drop-off event (on Saturday, Sept. 21) takes place from 9 to 2 p.m. at the Yard Waste Site at 180 Bayberry Lane. (New Canaan’s event is easier for Darien residents to get to.)

Please have drivers license or registration readily available. No commercial (business) loads accepted.

Image from the Westport town government website

These are the three remaining household hazardous waste drop-off events of the year that Darien residents are eligible to use. There won’t be any more until late spring 2020.


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
Wood preservatives
Paint strippers/thinners
Aerosol cans

From the garage: 

Engine cleaner
Brake fluid
Car wax, polishes
Driveway sealers
Roofing tar
Swimming pool chemicals

From the yard: 

Insecticides, pesticides
Chemical fertilizers
Weed killers
Moth balls
Flea control products

From the house:

Rubber cement
Fiberglass resins
Photo chemicals
Chemistry sets
Furniture polish
Floor and metal polish
Oven cleaners
Drain and toilet cleaners
Spot removers
Rug and upholstery cleaners
Fluorescent light bulbs

What not to bring !! 

Latex paints
Empty containers
Commercial generated wastes
Radioactive wastes/Smoke detectors
Biological wastes
Prescription medicines/Syringes
Oil and antifreeze
Car batteries
Dry cell batteries
Propane tanks

Editor’s note: This announcement was published Sept. 6. The time stamp was changed to put the link back on the home page and in the newsletter.

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