Household hazardous collection scheduled for Oct. 6

The following press release was submitted to the Observer:

On October 6, residents of member towns in the Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee (TROC) region will have the opportunity to bring Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) to the Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee Household Hazardous Waste Collection event.


The HHW collection will be held on Saturday, October 6, at the Bristol Public Works Garage on95 Vincent P. Kelly Road(off Route 229) from9 1 p.m.  Residents ofBristol,Berlin,Burlington,Meriden,New Britain,Plainville,Plymouth, Prospect,Southingtonand 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 contractors or businesses will be accepted.


Bristol Mayor Art Ward said, “We are pleased that TROC and the member communities are still able to perform this service at a time when state and local budgets are seeing drastic cuts and reductions in services.  TROC’s HHW service for residences has no fees or permit requirements, only proof of residency is required.”


Exposure to some household chemicals may cause harm to children, pets or the environment.  By nature, pesticides may pose some health risks because they are designed to kill or adversely affect living organisms.  By bringing your unwanted household hazardous waste to one of the HHW collections for safe recycling or disposal, accidental exposure to hazardous material by municipal collectors and personnel at the Bristol Resource Recovery Facility will be avoided.


Items to be accepted include:


pesticides and poisons, herbicides and weed killers, oil-based paint, paint thinners, varnish, household batteries, hobby and photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, household cleaners and disinfectants, antifreeze, waste oil, gasoline, fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs and mercury-containing thermostats.


Items that cannot be accepted include:


latex paint, household trash, tires, propane tanks, computers and electronic equipment, explosives, smoke detectors, medical waste, fire extinguishers, empty containers — and waste from any businesses.


The final fall 2012 Household Hazardous Waste collections sponsored by TROC will be held October 20 inNew Britainat their newResidentialRecyclingCenterlocated at642 Christian Lane,Berlin.