Manchester, Connecticut

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

2017 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION ANNOUNCEMENT

The Capitol Region East Operating Committee (CREOC) is pleased to announce Tradebe Environmental Services as the new contractor that will provide HHW collection services to the eight member Towns (see overview below for list of eligible Towns). Their 4 year contract is effective for calendar year 2017. To learn more about Tradebe and their innovative approach to household hazardoues waste management, please click here.
 
Due to the unforeseen circumstances of having to find a new HHW contractor at late notice, the 2017 collection season will only have 5 collection events; 4 will be held at the permanent collection site in Manchester and the outreach collection event will be held in Somers.

The finalized 2017 HHW collection schedule dates are listed below. The annual collection date postcard (printed on yellow cardstock paper and sent via U.S. Mail first class every spring), is scheduled to be mailed out during the 3rd week in May


CREOC HHW Collection Events in Manchester, CT at 321 Olcott St facility: 

  1. Saturday, June 3rd
  2. Saturday, August 26th
  3. Saturday, September 30th
  4. Saturday, October 28th

Fall Outreach Collection: Saturday, October 14th - Somers, CT

Time: All collections are held on Saturdays and are open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Locations and Directions:

Manchester Location: 321 Olcott Street, Manchester (Exit 1 from 384, follow Spencer Street for 0.9 miles. Turn left on Olcott Street. Follow signs to Facility.)

Stafford Location: 210 East Street, (Route 19) Stafford, CT. This is the Stafford Highway Department garage.

Somers Location: 5 Vision Blvd., Somers, CT. The parking lot next to the Somers High School. Follow the signs.
 

Overview
Virtually all households have some household hazardous waste (HHW). HHW is generally defined as a household waste that is toxic, flammable, reactive or corrosive. Common HHW includes oil-based paints, thinners, pool chemicals, pesticides, mercury fever thermometers, and gasoline. Household hazardous waste collection programs provide an opportunity to manage these wastes in an environmentally safe manner and dispose of all those nasty items we tend to accumulate in our kitchens, basements, garages, sheds, and workshops.. Since the first collection in 1984 in Ridgefield, HHW programs have grown dramatically. Collections are available for nearly every resident, and on average, over 30,000 state residents participate in a HHW collection each year.

Manchester is the home of a regional center for household hazardous waste collection. This center, built with grant funding from the Department of Environmental Protection, is operated by the Capitol Region East Operating Committee (CREOC) adjacent to the Manchester Landfill on Olcott Street. Residents of Glastonbury, Hebron, Marlborough, Somers, South Windsor, Stafford, and Vernon are also able to use the Center. The Center is staffed by trained professionals from a licensed hazardous waste management firm. There is no charge to any resident of Manchester to use the Center.

A list of acceptable and unacceptable items for these HHW collection events can be found below.

Please click here to for a list of what to bring and what should be left at home:


Bring a DRIVER’S LICENSE, TAX BILL OR CAR REGISTRATION to prove residency.

This is your opportunity to safely dispose of paints, stains, acids, automotive fluids, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals, household cleaning products, and other household hazardous materials which may have accumulated at your home, in your basement, or garage.

PLEASE LEAVE ALL MATERIALS IN ORIGINAL CONTAINERS

DO NOT BRING in used/waste motor oil or antifreeze. These are NOT hazardous waste. They can be brought to your Town's Transfer Station and/or certain automotive stores. More information can be found on the CT DEEP website if your Town does not have a Transfer Station or offer collection for these fluids.

CTDEEP Guide: What Do I Do With .... ? A Resident's Management Guide For Those Not-So-Common Household Items

CONNECTICUT PAINTCARE RECYCLING PROGRAM

The State of Connecticut is one of eight states covered by PaintCare. PaintCare is a non-profit organiztion created by the American Coatings Association to manage the industry's various paint recycling programs. All residents and businesses in Connecticut are able to recycle eligbile paints and stains at participating paint take back locations. The closest participating locations for Manchester residents are the Sherwin-Williams paint stores located in Manchester and East Hartford. Please note at this time most Sherwin Williams stores have a 5 container limit for recycling unwanted paints/stains per visit; contact each store directly to confirm their take back program policies. PaintCare also has a convenient look up tool on their website for other take back locations in Connecticut.

Sherwin-Williams
257 Broad St.
Manchester, CT 06040
Phone: 860-643-6636

Sherwin-Williams
100 Tolland Tpke.
Manchester, CT 06042
Phone: 860-533-9548

Sherwin-Williams
275 Park Ave.
East Hartford, CT 06108
Phone: 860-289-0814

Click here for more information on the Paintcare program, including what types of paints are acceptable and other program details. You may also contact Laura Honis, Connecticut Program Manager, lhonis@paint.org or by phone at (203) 747-4494.

MERCURY THERMOMETER COLLECTION

At each collection mercury medical thermometers will be collected. HELP KEEP MERCURY OUT OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND BRING YOUR MERCURY THERMOMETER FOR SAFE DISPOSAL!

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION COLLECTION

The Manchester Police Department collects unwanted prescription medications in a permanent collection container located at the Police Department at 239 Middle Turnpike East. Click here to learn more about their program for unwanted drugs. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL- 860-647-3257

Call the Sanitation Division for options regarding the disposal of containing asbestos containing materials at 860-647-5279.

CT DEEP Links:
CTDEEP Guide to Household Alternatives for a Safer Environment