Private wells and septic systems. Any waste improperly disposed of down the drain could end up in our drinking water. So it’s important to dispose of hazardous waste the right way.
The list of items to bring includes oil-based paints, stains and varnishes, paint thinners and strippers, wood preservatives, polishes for furniture, floors, and metal, rug and oven cleaners, swimming pool chemicals, moth balls, lighter fluids, septic tank degreasers, rechargeable (Ni-Cd) batteries, thermostats, and thermometers. A more detailed list of accepted items can be found atwww.hrra.org under the household hazardous waste tab.
The list of what not to bring includes electronics, computers, VCRs (recycle at the town drop-off center), empty aerosol cans (put in garbage), household batteries (put in garbage), PCB capacitors, smoke detectors, auto batteries, tires, motor oil, antifreeze (recycle at town transfer station), ammunition, fireworks, explosives, radioactive materials, unknown gases, controlled substances, pharmaceuticals, or medical waste.
Year-round, the Redding transfer station will accept fluorescent lights and paints (latex or oil-based) that are still liquid in their original containers. Other items that are accepted are listed on the town website, townofreddingct.org, under Public Works.
This Saturday’s collection is for residential waste only. Proof of residency — driver’s license, motor vehicle registration or tax bill — is required. Redding is participating in the collection day with Bethel, Ridgefield, Danbury, New Fairfield, and Newtown. Redding CERT volunteers are used to help run the operation.
Keep in mind that if you can’t make this Saturday’s collection, Redding participates in both a spring and a fall Household Hazardous Waste Day. This fall, waste day will be on Sept. 24 in Danbury. Your tax dollars provide this service.