The days of pouring old motor oil down the city sewer drain are long gone. Much attention has been put on the disposal of hazardous waste from Connecticut households over the past half century. The wildlife returning to the Naugatuck River is a direct by-product of municipalities in the Naugatuck Valley properly disposing of these materials.

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The City of Waterbury will host a Hazardous Household Material collection on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Kennedy High School on Highland Avenue from 8 AM to 2 PM. The event is open to residents of 10 local cities and towns: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, and Woodbury. You can bring up to 50 Pounds or gallons per resident, but if you have more, you could e-mail before the collection date and see if they can accommodate your bulk.

I'm sure most of us have an old can of paint, oven cleaner, pool cleaner, or even a mercury thermometer from the 80's gathering dust on your shelves. This is a great opportunity to get those hazardous liquids out of our residences.

There is a lengthy list of what you can and can't bring to this event. If you need more information about that, or the event, click on the link below to go to the official page.