A large turnout responded recently at a household hazardous waste collection day at Patriot's Way, near the railroad station in New Milford.

The event, open to the towns of New Milford, Brookfield, Sherman, Warren and Washington, featured a licensed transporter who would safely dispose of or recycle household waste dropped off during the collection.

Items dropped off that day included drain and 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 included 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 were also accepted.

Although electronics were not 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.

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