The following release was provided by the Southington Town Manager's office.
On September 15, residents of Southington and other towns in the Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee region will have the opportunity to bring Household Hazardous Waste to any of the four fall 2012 Household Hazardous Waste Collection events.
The first HHW collection will be held on Saturday, September 15 at the Southington Town Garage on 1 Della Bitta Drive, which is off Mulberry Street in Plantsville, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
“We are pleased that TROC and the member communities are still able to perform this service at a time when state and local budgets are seeing drastic cuts and reductions in services," Garry Brumback said. "It is especially rewarding to offer this opportunity without charging fees to the participants.”
Residents of Southington, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Meriden, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Prospect, and Wolcott may bring their household hazardous waste to the collection site free of charge. Identification will be required as proof of residency. No waste from businesses will be accepted.
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Items to be accepted include:
Pesticides and poisons, herbicides and weedkillers, oil-based paint, paint thinners, varnish, household batteries, hobby and photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, household cleaners and disinfectants, antifreeze, waste oil, gasoline, fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs and mercury-containing thermostats.
Items that cannot be accepted include:
Latex paint, tires, propane tanks, computers and electronic equipment, explosives, smoke detectors, medical waste, fire extinguishers, empty containers - and waste from any businesses.
“Our fund balance for the program remains healthy, and the organization is well-positioned to continue to offer this service to member towns. Since the HHW program began in 1994, over 40,000 participants have brought materials to one of the many collections offered throughout the region," said Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee Executive Director Mark Bobman noted.
"For the Southington event, we will continue the operational changes implemented last year which reduced the waiting time for residents, and provided a smooth flow of traffic.”
Additional fall Household Hazardous Waste collections sponsored by TROC will be held on September 22 in Wolcott, October 6 in Bristol, and October 20 in New Britain/Berlin.
TROC is a Bristol-based recycling agency that has been working with its member communities since 1990 to promote recycling and waste reduction. Residents with questions regarding the household hazardous waste collections should call the public works department in their respective communities or visit the TROC website, www.tunxisrecycling.org.
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