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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Confidential Paper Shredding

SCRRRA funds and administers a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection program for residents of our member municipalities. Held April through November, these nine annual collections change location each month, providing free, convenient HHW disposal for homeowners. Confidential paper shredding is also offered (non-commercial entities only).

See below for participation safety protocol, a list of accepted items, and more.

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.

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!

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

Paper Shredding

Confidential paper shredding is also offered for free to residents of our member towns (non-commercial entities only). We accept:

  • 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!

Participating communities:

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