On Saturday, May 2, residents of member towns in the Tunxis Recycling region will have the opportunity to bring Household Hazardous Waste to the Tunxis Recycling Household Hazardous Waste Collection, sponsored by the Town and the Bristol Facility Policy Board.
On May 2, a collection event will be held at the Plainville Roadways Garage, on 23 Granger Lane, off of Route 177, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Town Manager Robert E. Lee said, in a press release, “We are pleased that Plainville and our new regional group, the Bristol Facility Policy Board, are still able to perform this service at a time when state and local budgets are seeing drastic cuts and reductions in services. It is especially rewarding to offer this opportunity without charging fees to the participants, and thanks to our regional planning initiatives, there is no cost to the Town of Plainville.”
Residents of Plainville, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Meriden, New Britain, Plymouth, Prospect, Southington 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.
Residents who are unable to participate should be aware that permanent locations now accept some unwanted household paints for recycling. Participating paint retailers partner with the new PaintCareTM recycling program.
While the Plainville HHW event handles household hazardous materials including paint, residents are also able to drop off used paint during business hours through the PaintCare program (visit their website to find participating retailers – www.paintcare.org)
Items to be accepted include:
Pesticides and poisons, herbicides and weedkiller, paint, paint thinners, varnish, rechargeable batteries, automotive batteries and lubricants, antifreeze, waste oil, gasoline, kerosene, hobby and photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, household cleaners and disinfectants, fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs and mercury-containing thermostats.
Items that cannot be accepted include:
Medical waste, medicines and drugs, smoke detectors, tires, propane tanks, computers and electronic equipment, appliances, bulky waste, explosives, fire extinguishers, empty containers — and waste from any businesses.
Policy Board Executive Director Mark Bobman noted in the press release, “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 45,000 participants have brought materials to one of the many collections offered throughout the region. We’ve had many calls from residents about these events, and we hope to continue to provide this important service. If residents have concerns about specific materials or quantities we can accept, please call us for more information.”
Bristol Facility Policy Board 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 contact the Policy Board office at (860) 585-0419, or visit the web site, www.tunxisrecycling.org.