Hazardous waste day is Oct. 25

A major change is coming to Wilton’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection this fall, as house paint and stain will no longer be accepted. Previously, most of the material collected at the waste collection was old paint and stain.

Hazardous Waste Collection day is scheduled to run from 9 to 1 at the Miller-Driscoll parking lot on Wolfpit Road on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Although federal regulations do not prohibit a homeowner from disposing of hazardous waste in the garbage, household hazardous waste collection programs provide an opportunity to manage these potential contaminants in a healthy and safe manner,” says Mike Conklin of the Wilton Conservation Commission.

The collection is open to all Wilton, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Stamford, Weston, and Westport residents, and proof of residency is required.

Though “nearly all households contain some household hazardous waste,” paint and stain was previously the most deposited hazardous waste at Wilton’s annual event.

With the exception of those two products, household wastes that can be deposited Oct. 25 include anything that “is corrosive (such as acids and alkalis), flammable, reactive or toxic (poisonous). Examples include pool chemicals, pesticides, paint thinners, mercury thermometers, and gasoline,” Mr. Conklin said.

Paint and stain

People who have unused, leftover paint in a garage or basement may now take it to one of several local drop-off sites at their convenience, although they are asked to call ahead. The limit at each location is five gallons per day.

These sites include:

  • Rings End Lumber, 129 Danbury Road, 203-761-0688.
  • Wilton Hardware, 21 River Road, 203-529-3650.
  • Keough’s Paint and Hardware, 1 Ethan Allen Highway, Ridgefield, 203-544-8379.

Tom Sato, the owner of Wilton Hardware, said in a press release his business “can accept up to five gallons of paint from a customer per day. Then we call PaintCare when our recycling bin is getting full and they pick it up and give us a new bin within one week.”

According to information from the town, “proper disposal of paint and stain was a significant annual expense for the town. Thankfully a new state law required the paint and coatings industry to establish a nonprofit organization — PaintCare Inc. — to manage paint recycling in Connecticut.”

The nonprofit has partnered with local businesses to establish year-round drop-off sites for paint that are funded by fees included in the purchase of new paint at retail stores.

Depositing paint is free at these sites.

Information: paintcare.org or call 855-724-6809.

Waste day information: wiltonct.org/conservation.