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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Confidential Paper Shredding

SCRRRA funds and administers a collection program for household hazardous waste from residents of our member municipalities. Held April through November, these nine annual collections change location each month, providing free, convenient HHW disposal for homeowners.

See below for this year’s schedule, resident participation protocol, and a list of accepted items.

Participation Protocol

All events start at 9:00 AM and end promptly at 1:00 PM.

As you enter the event line, a SCRRRA team member will greet you and conduct a brief survey.

Please stay in your vehicle for safety. If your items are in your trunk, pop the trunk for easy unloading by our crew.

If you want your totes and other containers returned, let our crew know. For gas can returns, we will move your vehicle to the side while the gas cans are emptied and then returned to your vehicle.

Remember, SCRRRA covers the costs associated with these events, so they are free to households within our participating communities. Commercial and large generators of hazardous waste are NOT accepted.

Use caution when transporting HHW materials! Use the original containers when possible. Secure items safely during transport to avoid spillage.

Just a few of the things we accept!

  • Kerosene
  • Gasoline
  • Radiator Chemicals
  • Auto Body Chemicals
  • Fuel Additives
  • Car Battery Acid
  • Camping Stove Fuel
  • Latex Paint
  • Oil Paint
  • Paint Thinner
  • Varnish & Stain
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Insecticides
  • Herbicides
  • Fungicides
  • Rat Poison
  • Moth Balls
  • Cleaning Chemicals
  • Drain Cleaning Chemicals
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Weed Removal Chemicals
  • Photographic Chemicals
  • All Lightbulbs
  • Household Batteries
  • …and much more!

Paper Shredding

  • Tax documents
  • Financial documents
  • Financial statements
  • Personal documents
  • Already shredded paper
  • NO newspapers, brochures, junk mail, or other non-sensitive documents – these should be placed in your regular recycling!

Items that are NOT accepted:

  • Tires
  • Ammunition
  • Gun powder
  • Flares
  • Radioactive materials
  • Freon-bearing appliances (refrigerators, air conditioners)
  • Commerical quantities of haz waste
  • Large barrels or drums
  • Businesses with large amounts of paper for shredding

Residents can go to any or all of the nine collections. Participating communities:

  • Bozrah
  • Colchester
  • East Haddam
  • East Lyme
  • Franklin
  • Griswold
  • Groton
  • Lebanon
  • Ledyard
  • Lisbon
  • Montville
  • New London
  • North Stonington
  • Norwich
  • Preston
  • Salem
  • Sprague
  • Stonington
  • Sterling & Voluntown
  • Waterford

2023 Schedule

April 1, 2023 – Stonington – Stonington High School

May 6, 2023 – East Lyme – East Lyme High School

June 3, 2023 – Colchester – Colchester Town Hall

June 17, 2023 – Norwich – Norwich Public Works

July 8, 2023 – Groton – Fitch High School

August 5, 2023 – Montville – Tyl Middle School

September 16, 2023 – North Stonington – Wheeler High School

October 7, 2023 – Griswold – Griswold Public Works

November 4, 2023 – Ledyard – Ledyard High School