Household hazardous waste program planned in River Valley

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ROXBURY — River Valley residents seeking an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their hazardous waste can take advantage of the area’s free household waste collection event scheduled for Saturday, June 12. The collection will take place from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the Roxbury Town Hall on Route 17 , and from 11 a.m. to noon at the Canton Fire Station on Route 108.

The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of household hazardous waste in the basement or garage and in storage closets. Most homes in the River Valley area contain three to 10 gallons of these hazardous products. When improperly disposed of, household hazardous waste can create a potential risk to people and the environment.

Toxic products carelessly tossed in the trash can injure sanitation workers, damage collection vehicles or leak into the environment. Similarly, when dumped down the drain some products can cause water pollution, and damage plumbing and septic systems. Products poured on the ground or in the sewer can pollute the water supply.

Some examples of household hazardous waste include cleaners, solvents, chemical lawn fertilizers, weed and insect killers, swimming pool chemicals, driveway sealers, rat poison, moth balls and rechargeable batteries. Look for the words poison, danger, corrosive, toxic, volatile, flammable, caution or warning on the label.

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Latex paint will not be accepted.  Latex paint is water-based and is not hazardous. Look for the words latex, water-based, or clean up with water on the label.

Waste being brought to the collection event should be in the original, securely closed containers if at all possible. If any container is leaking, pack the whole thing into a bucket.  Chemicals should never be mixed and people should not smoke or eat while handling or transporting hazardous materials.

The event is made possible by a grant secured by the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition. For more information, contact Patty Duguay at 364-7408.

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