Here in the towns of the Mad River Resource Management Alliance (Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Northfield, Roxbury, Waitsfield, Warren and Waterbury) the fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection event takes place at the Harwood Union High School in Duxbury on Saturday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alliance residents or small business owners who have household hazardous wastes like pool chemicals, solvents and degreasers, oven and drain cleaners, oil-based paints and paint thinners can bring up to 10 gallons of these wastes and all pesticides at no charge for proper disposal.

While at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection, participants can visit the paint drop and swap. Anyone with mercury-related compounds like thermometers, thermostats, switches, fluorescent light bulbs, medical or scientific instruments can bring them to the collection day. Mercury thermostats that are brought in will be eligible to receive a coupon to mail to the Thermostat Recycling Corporation. The cover must be on the thermostat to be eligible for the incentive fee. People who bring in a mercury thermometer can swap it for a digital thermometer at no charge.

Kinney Drug, Inc. will also accept mercury thermometers on a daily basis but does not offer the free swap. Alliance town residents can also bring up to six fluorescent bulbs, per visit, of any size, to either the Waterbury or Waitsfield True Value Hardware Store for recycling. There is no charge for this program.  Latex paint will not be accepted at this event as it is not a hazardous waste. It can be mixed with kitty litter and disposed of in the trash with solids.

For more information, contact John Malter, alliance administrator at 244-7373.