New Canaan's Hazardous Waste Day Saturday, PD Collects Medication

New Canaan's Hazardous Waste Day is this coming Saturday, September 21, and it's a day when town residents can bring their hazardous household wastes in for disposal. However, Sgt. Carol Ogrinc wants to remind residents that they don't have to wait for a special day to dispose of old medications. 

"Residents are reminded that there is a medication drop box in the lobby of the police department at 174 South Avenue," Ogrinc said. "The box is available 24 hours a day-seven days a week. We ask that no syringes be brought to the drop box."

The program has collected more than 800 pounds of unwanted or unused medication since the beginning of the program in June 2011. 

For Hazardous Waste Day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., New Canaan residents can come to the Wastewater Plant at 394 Main Street and bring along with them a number of items not normally collected in garbage pickup. The town defines hazardous waste as: 

"Household hazardous waste can be any improperly discarded product that can be classified as toxic (poisonous), corrosive, flammable or reactive (explosive). Such products can be found in most homes, garages or workshops and when improperly disposed of can poison people and animals and pollute the home and natural environments. Reading label precautions can identify many of these products. Look for the words: Poison, Corrosive, Toxic, Volatile, Flammable, Caution, Danger, or Warning."

Specific items include:

  • Bring in your old mercury thermometer for a free digital replacement. 
  • Oil based paints 
  • Stains and varnishes 
  • Wood preservatives 
  • Paint strippers/thinners 
  • Aerosol cans 
  • Adhesives 
  • Fuels/Gasoline/Kerosene 
  • Engine cleaner 
  • Brake fluid 
  • Car wax, polishes 
  • Driveway sealers 
  • Roofing tar 
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Insecticides, pesticides 
  • Chemical fertilizers 
  • Weed killers 
  • Moth balls 
  • Flea control products 
  • From the house: 
  • Rubber cement 
  • Fiberglass resins 
  • Photo chemicals 
  • Chemistry sets 
  • Furniture polish 
  • Floor and metal polish 
  • Oven cleaners 
  • Drain and toilet cleaners 
  • Spot removers 
  • Rug and upholstery cleaners 
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
The town says not to bring: 
  • Latex paints 
  • Empty containers 
  • Commercial generated wastes 
  • Radioactive wastes/Smoke detectors 
  • Biological wastes 
  • Explosives 
  • Ammunition 
  • Tires 
  • Asbestos 
  • Prescription medicines/Syringes 
  • Oil and antifreeze 
  • Car batteries 
  • Dry cell batteries 
  • Propane tanks 


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