Hazardous waste to be collected

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

The 2011 Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held Sept. 17, rain or shine, open to residents of New Milford, Brookfield, Sherman, Warren and Washington.

A licensed transporter will safely dispose of or recycle household waste dropped off that day. Substances must be labeled and in their original containers.

Residents must bring proof of residence. 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 to be brought to the parking lot include drain or oven cleaners, old chemistry sets, metal polish, arts and crafts supplies, photo chemicals, floor cleaners, dry cleaning fluids, wood preservatives, wood strippers, septic system cleaners, paint thinner and lead-based paint and lead paint chips.

Other eligible items include rust preservatives, oil-based paints, transmission fluid, solvents or degreasers, sealant, antifreeze, brake fluid, engine and radiator cleaners, dioxin, silvex or 2, 4, 5-T, gas grill propane cylinders or smaller.

Pesticides and herbicides in five-gallon or small containers, insect spray and rodent killers, pool chemicals, muriatic acid, no-pest strips and PCB contaminated items may also be brought to the parking lot.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, which contain mercury, may be dropped off.

Small batteries must be in individual bags or have the terminals taped.

Although electronics will not be collected that day, New Milford, Brookfield and Sherman residents may continue to drop these items off at the recycling center throughout the year. There is no charge for this service.

Unwanted cellular phones will be accepted at the thermometer exchange table. The phones will be programmed to access only 911 and will be distributed at the senior centers or donated for calling cards for soldiers.

Residents are reminded not to bring latex paint, used motor oil, Freon, unknown gases, tires, infectious or medical waste, smoke detectors, explosives and highly reactive materials, garbage, ammunition or fireworks, radioactive materials or drugs.

Persons interested in attending the hazardous waste event should enter the parking lot from Bridge Street and will exit onto Young's Field Road.

For more information, call the New Milford Health Department at 860-355-6035.