Wallingford is part of the the HazWaste Central community, (the towns are listed below), and that means residents here can bring their household hazardous wastes to the New Haven facility on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon through Oct. 27. The facility opens in May.
HazWaste Central is located behind the Regional Water Authority’s headquarters, at 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven, just south of Interstate 95 off of Exit 46 - the Long Wharf Exit.
According to the organization's Website, "household hazardous waste comes from everyday products used in the home, garage, yard or garden. By definition, they are corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive." Disposing of them at facilities like HazWaste helps protect the environment. Best of all, when you bring your waste to the site it is off-loaded by their professional staff.
"Once it is in our hands, your old household products become hazardous waste. They then fall under stringent regulations for handling, storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Clean Harbors Environmental Services of New Britain, CT removes household hazardous wastes from your car, identifies it, enters it into a record keeping system and packs it into a 55-gallon drum of similar wastes. They transport the drums to federally approved disposal sites. Some materials from HazWaste Central are incinerated in special facilities approved for disposal of hazardous wastes. Others are placed in special landfills. When possible, materials from HazWaste Central are recycled or reused," the agency's Website says.
Some of the materials you can bring to HazWaste Central include auto fluids, household cleaning agents, pesticides and flourescent light bulbs. For a complete list see the PDF above. HazWaste also asks residents from participating towns to fill out a questionnaire before visiting the facility. You can access that form here.