Towns Organizing Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days
Do you have some old, used paint thinner that is in an old, rusty can, or some chemicals that you just don't know what they are because the labels have peeled off long ago?
Would you like to dispose of these dangerous chemicals safely and in a way that will not hurt the environment?
One of the best options you have for responsibly disposing of your old, dangerous household chemicals is to hold the chemicals until your city, town, or region conducts a household hazardous waste collection day. Here are lists of cities and towns that will conduct household waste collection days this year or have conducted them in the past. If your town is not on the list for having a collection this year, stay tuned. The town may conduct another collection in the not-too-distant future. See the following link for a list of towns that participate in household hazardous waste collections. (Off Site)
Frequently Asked Questions
What if you do not live in any of these towns?
Most towns limit participation in the household hazardous waste collection days to the residents of their municipality. However, many collections allow non-residents to register and dispose of waste during the household hazardous waste collection. A fee of $27 per 5 gallon bucket is often charged for all non-residents taking advantage of the collection.
Note the word "register" in the above paragraph. All people, residents and non-residents alike must register for a 15 minute time-slot at most collections. It is up to each individual to call and register for the collection. If you are a non-resident, then you should call to register as soon as you know the date of the collection.
If your town is not on the list, and has no plans to conduct a household hazardous waste collection day, there are companies that will handle this waste for a fee. See the list of hazardous waste transporters for more information.
Also visit the web site of the Maine Environmental Depot. Located in Lewiston, this facility accepts household hazardous waste from any Maine citizen. (Off Site)
What if you are a business or a school or a non-profit organization or some other non-household entity?
Household hazardous waste collections are limited to HOUSEHOLD hazardous waste only. If you are a business or non-household entity that generates hazardous waste then you must dispose of your hazardous waste in accordance with Maine's Hazardous Waste Management Rules. To request the booklet "Handbook for Hazardous Waste Generators" contact the DEP at 287-2651 (1-800-452-1942). If you have any questions regarding the Hazardous Waste Management Rules, then please ask for assistance from a staff person in the Hazardous Waste Program
Would your town like to organize a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day?
The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) has written an excellent book titled "Lessons Learned from Four Years of Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collections: 1995-1998". Although over 10 years old, this book is still an excellent resource for any town or organization planning its first household hazardous waste collection day. To obtain a copy contact either the DEP (Peter Moulton at 287-8161 or 1-800-452-1942) or the State Planning Office (Sam Morris at 287-8054 or 1-800-662-4545).
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Schedule (Off Site) - Please contact your Town Office for further details. Note: highlighted events have not been confirmed. See the Household Hazardous Waste Colletion Event Schedule.
Note: This list is maintained by the DEP only as a service to citizens calling in and requesting information.
Disclaimer: Although we strive for accuracy in the information we deliver to the public, the DEP cannot guarantee the accuracy of the above list.