'Hazardous waste day' slated soon

A Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is offered one day in early fall each year at Patriot’s Way, near the railroad station, in New Milford.

The 2015 collection day will be Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which is open to residents of New Milford, Sherman, Bridgewater, Roxbury, Warren, Washington, Kent and Brookfield, will take place rain or shine. Proof of residency is required.

A licensed transporter will safely dispose of or recycle all household waste dropped off during the collection. All substances must be labeled and in their original containers.

The contractor and the towns reserve the right to reject some materials or impose disposal fees.

Businesses and institutions may not bring materials to the event.

Items that may be brought to the parking lot include drain or oven cleaners, rust preventatives, pesticides and herbicides in five-gallon or smaller containers, old chemistry sets, art and craft supplies, metal polish, oil-based and latex paints, transmission and brake fluids, antifreeze, insect sprays and rodent poisons, photo chemicals, solvents and degreasers, floor cleaners, dry cleaning fluids, sealants, pool chemicals, muriatic acid, wood preservatives and strippers, engine and radiator cleaners, no-pest strips, PCB-contaminated items, septic system cleaners, paint thinner, kerosene, gasoline (dirty only), chips from removed lead-based paint (placed in a plastic bag), dioxin, seven or 2, 4, 5-T, propane cylinders for barbecue grills, all fluorescent light bulbs, cellphones and rechargeable batteries.

Residents should not bring computers, printers, fax machines and other electronic equipment, which can be brought for free to the New Milford recycling center during regular business hours, as well as motor oil, regular alkaline batteries, car batteries, tires, garbage, medical waste, asbestos, ammunition or fireworks, prescription medications, Freon or unknown gases, explosives and other highly reactive materials, radioactive materials and smoke detectors.

To learn how to dispose of these items, visit newmilfordhealth.org.

Oil-based and latex paint may also be dropped with no charge at Sherwin Williams and Ring’s End on Route 7 and at H.H. Taylor & Son on Railroad Street.