Due to COVID-19 virus pandemic, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection scheduled for June 6, 2020 is CANCELLED. Listed below are some tips provided by the State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for Connecticut residents on alternatives to HHW collections for managing HHW during COVID-19.
- Hold on to the HHW until collections resume. HHW should be stored in original containers or other containers that are closed and in good condition, stored in a secure location away from children/pets, and protected from the elements. Flammable or combustible HHW should be stored away from flames, sparks, and other sources of ignition.
- Some types of HHW may be taken to certain retail stores that are still open. For example, automotive batteries may be taken to a garage or auto repair center that sells batteries. Some auto parts stores will take used oil or antifreeze. Some big box stores (e.g., Home Depot, Lowes’s) and some grocery stores (e.g., Whole Foods) accept items such as fluorescent lamps, cell phones and rechargeable batteries. Many office supply and electronics stores accept used electronics, ink cartridges, or rechargeable batteries. Call the store before going to check on hours and availability of collection services.
- Architectural coatings (i.e., paints, stains, shellac, and polyurethane) are eligible for collection at designated retailers under Connecticut’s Paint Stewardship Program. Although some of these retailers have temporarily suspended collections due to COIVD-19, they will resume when it is determined to be appropriate. For more information, see DEEP’s Paint Recycling web page and the drop-off site location finder. Call the retailer before going to make sure they are open and accepting paint.
- Take it to a commercial HHW collection center. DEEP is aware of at least one company that is licensed to accept HHW on a fee-for-service basis. The company’s name is New England Disposal Technologies (NEDT), and they have two facilities in southern Massachusetts – one in Westfield, MA (near Springfield), and the other in Sutton, MA (near the northeastern corner of Connecticut). For more information, visit their company website at https://www.nedt.org.
- Moving soon? If so, see if a friend, relative, or neighbor would be willing to hold onto it for you until the next collection event.
- For more ideas, see DEEP’s “What Do I Do With… ?” web page.
Questions? Call the Town of South Windsor, Public Works Department at at (860) 644-2511, ext. 343.