It's tough to find a safe place to dispose of old paint cans, let alone that old can of oven cleaner that's been under your grandma's sink since 1989. When I cleaned out my family home a couple of years ago, I found so many things in our garage that I couldn't just toss into the trash. If you find yourself in that situation, here's good news: a multi-town Household Hazardous Waste & Paint Collection event is happening on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 8AM to 2PM at the Naugatuck Event Center, 6 Rubber Ave. This is a free event, with no fees for disposal, and you must provide proof of residency. This event is open to residents of: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Derby, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.

Basically, residents must wear a mask, and remain in their vehicle, only one family member per vehicle, and the collection materials must be placed in the rear compartment of your vehicle, not in the passenger compartment. There is a 50 pound limit of waste per vehicle, and commercial or industrial waste will only be accepted through prior arrangement. It's probably easier to say what not to bring, don't bring auto batteries, motor oil, radioactive or medical waste, asbestos, explosives, empty fire extinguishers, compressed gas cylinders, and no lead paint chips.

This event is being presented by the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, and you can click HERE for a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items.


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