The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District has set a Sept. 16 registration deadline for hazardous waste collection slated for Greenfield Community College and the Orange Transfer Station and Recycling Center on Sept. 21.
Batteries and substances labeled “caustic,” “toxic,” “corrosive,” “poison,” “flammable,” “warning,” “danger” or “caution” can be brought to the collection sites, according to a press release from the solid waste district. Items not accepted are fluorescent light bulbs, latex paint, empty hazardous product containers (which should be thrown in the trash), gas cylinders, radioactive material and explosives (including ammunition and fireworks). Thermostats and thermometers, which should never be put in the garbage, will be the only mercury-containing items accepted on Sept. 21.
Fluorescent bulbs are accepted at Lowe’s Home Improvement, all solid waste district transfer stations and the Greenfield Transfer Station. For district residents, anything with mercury is accepted year-round at hazardous waste collection sites in Bernardston, Conway and Colrain.
The hazardous waste collection is open to the residents and businesses of Athol, Barre, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Rowe, Royalston, Shelburne, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately. According to Franklin County Solid Waste Management District Program Director Amy Donovan, Barre and Sunderland residents must pay to partake because their towns do not budget any money for their residents to participate, as other towns do.
Greenfield and Leyden residents are ineligible because they do not live in member towns, and should call 413-772-1528 for information on disposal, according to the release. Call 413-772-2438 for business registration and pricing information.
Reach Domenic Poli at: email@example.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.