Explosive

Look for words on the label like: WARNING, STRONG OXIDIZER

Examples: Few consumer products still on the market are explosive. However, some older explosive products may still be stored in the home and certain products may react strongly causing fires or explosions if mixed together. Specific examples include chlorinated pool chemicals, sodium hypochlorite, various peroxides.

Flammable

Look for words on the label like: EXTREMELY or HIGHLY FLAMABLE  KEEP AWAY FROM ANY SOURCE OF IGNITION or FLAMES

Examples include: Gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, butane, oil based paints, paint thinners, and solvents.

Posion

Look for words on the label like: HARMFUL OR FATAL IF SWALLOWED USE ONLY IN WELL-VENTILATED AREA

Examples include: Pesticides, weed killers, antifreeze, paint strippers, some solvents & cleaners, moth balls, rodent bait.

Corrosive

Look for words on the label like: CORROSIVE AVOID CONTACT WITH SKIN OR EYES CAN CAUSE SEVERE BURNS ON CONTACT

Examples include: Drain cleaners, rust removers, oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, and acids

Household Hazardous Waste Regional Events

Date

Host Municipality

Location

Hours

Participating Municipalities

Printable Flyer

Newtown
Public Works Facility
4 Turkey Hill Rd, Newtown
9am – 2pm
Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield

Form

Danbury
Public Works Facility
53 Newtown Road, Danbury CT
9am – 2pm
Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield

New Milford
John Pettibone School
Pickett District Road, New Milford
9am – 3pm
Brookfield, Bridgewater, Kent, New Milford, Sherman

What to bring to an HHW event.

  • Paints
  • Stains and Varnishes
  • Paint Thinners & Strippers
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Resins, Rosins & Adhesives
  • Polishes for Furniture, Floor & Metals
  • Cleaners for Rugs & Upholstery
  • Cleaners for Oven, Toilet Bowl & Drains
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides
  • (including Lawn Care Products)
  • Flea Powder
  • Moth Balls
  • Spot Removers
  • Dry Cleaning Solvents
  • Lighter Fluids
  • Septic Tank Degreasers
  • Engine Degreasers
  • Waste Fuels (Kerosene, Gasoline)
  • Carburetor Cleaners, Brake Fluids
  • Transmission Fluids, Car Waxes
  • Full or Partially Full Aerosol Cans
  • Rubber Cement, Airplane Glue
  • Photo Chemicals, Chemistry Sets
  • Hobby Supplies
  • Rechargeable (Ni-Cd) Batteries
  • Camera Batteries
  • Thermostats, Thermometers

What NOT to bring to a HHW event.

  • Empty Aerosol Cans (put in garbage)
  • Household Batteries (put in garbage)
  • PCB Capacitors
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Auto Batteries & Tires
  • Motor Oil & Antifreeze (Recycle at Town Drop Off Center)
  • Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives (Call the Police Depart.)
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Unknown Gases
  • Controlled Substances
  • Pathological Material
  • Pharmaceutical or Medical Wastes
  • Electronics, Computers, VCRs
How can I dispose of HHW safely?

All municipalities in HRRA sponsor at least one household hazardous waste collection event each year.  These events are free to residents of the sponsoring towns and are paid for by tax dollars from each town.  There are no other cost effective, environmentally safe, and legal options for disposal of household hazardous waste available to residents of the HRRA region.

Are all paints considered HHW?

No. Latex paint, the kind that cleans up with soap and water, is not hazardous. Although all paints are accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste collection events, paint can be dropped off at any particiapating paint recycling location. Visit www.paintcare.org for a location near you.

Are there alternatives for reducing the toxic products used in my home?

Yes, there are many common products that can be used around the home that are less toxic than commercially available alternatives.  Click to check out the options.

Safety precautions for the use and storage of hazardous household products.

Use proper safety equipment.

The label should tell you what equipment you need when using a specific product.

Work in a well ventilated area.

If a product label says use adequate ventilation be sure to open as many windows as possible or or use a fan when using the product indoors.

Avoid wearing soft contact lenses.

They can absorb vapors and trap them against the eye.

Do not eat, drink or smoke while using hazardous products. These materails can cause eye and skin irritantion

Where does HHW Go?

Paints

Reblending, Fuel blend, Alternative fuel source, Incineration, Alternative daily landfill cover

Oxidizers

Incineration, Chemical stabilization, Reuse

Pesticides

Incineration

Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB)

Incineration

Abrasives

Incineration, Stabilization

Corrosives

Neutralize to waste water treatment

Flammable Liquids

Energy recovery, Fuel Blending

Fluorescent Lamps

Recycle

Mercury

Recycle

Batteries (NiCad/Lithium)

Recycle