Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Virtually all households have some household hazardous waste (HHW). HHW is generally defined as a household waste that is toxic, flammable, reactive or corrosive. Common HHW includes oil-based paints, thinners, pool chemicals, pesticides, mercury fever thermometers, and gasoline. Household hazardous waste collection programs provide an opportunity to manage these wastes in an environmentally safe manner and dispose of all those nasty items we tend to accumulate in our kitchens, basements, garages, sheds, and workshops.. Since the first collection in 1984 in Ridgefield, HHW programs have grown dramatically. Collections are available for nearly every resident, and on average, over 30,000 state residents participate in a HHW collection each year.
Manchester is the home of a regional center for household hazardous waste collection. This center, built with grant funding from the Department of Environmental Protection, is operated by the Capitol Region East Operating Committee (CREOC) adjacent to the Manchester Landfill on Olcott Street. Residents of Glastonbury, Hebron, Marlborough, Somers, Stafford, and Vernon are also able to use the Center. The Center is staffed by trained, professionals from a licensed hazardous waste management firm. There is no charge to any resident of Manchester to use the Center.
A list of acceptable and unacceptable items for these HHW collection events can be found below.
UPDATED: 2013 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULE
Spring 2013 -
April 13th & 27th, May 11th
Fall 2013 - September 7th & 21st, October 19th
Outreach Collection: October 5th - Somers, CT
Timeframe: All Collections are Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Manchester Location: 321 Olcott Street, Manchester (Exit 1 from 384, follow Spencer Street for 0.9 miles. Turn left on Olcott Street. Follow signs to Facility.)
Stafford Location: 210 East Street, (Route 19) Stafford, CT. This is the Stafford Highway Department garage.
Somers Location: To Be Announced
Please click here to for a list of what to bring and what should be left at home:
Bring (Acceptable HHW Wastes) | Don't Bring (Unacceptable HHW Wastes - will not be accepted)
Bring a DRIVER’S LICENSE, TAX BILL OR CAR REGISTRATION to prove residency.
This is your opportunity to safely dispose of oil and lead based paints, stains, acids, automotive fluids, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals, household cleaning products, and other hazardous materials which may have accumulated at your home, in your basement, or garage.
PLEASE LEAVE ALL MATERIALS IN ORIGINAL CONTAINERS
DO NOT BRING latex paint, waste oil, or antifreeze. These are NOT hazardous waste.
They can be brought to the Landfill for recycling.
MERCURY THERMOMETER EXCHANGE
At each collection mercury medical thermometers will be collected. HELP KEEP MERCURY OUT OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND BRING YOUR MERCURY THERMOMETER FOR SAFE DISPOSAL!
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION COLLECTION
The Manchester Police Department collected unwanted prescription medications in a permanent program located at the Police Department at 239 Middle Turnpike East. Click here to learn more about their program for unwanted drugs.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL- 860-647-3248
Call the Sanitation Division for proper disposal of materials containing asbestos, 860-647-3248.
DEP Guide to Household Alternatives for a Safer Environment
Town of Manchester | Sanitation Division