City of Pittsfield to Hold Household Waste Collection

Mayor Bianchi announces a Household Waste (HHW) collection is planned for Pittsfield residents. Residents may bring the household hazardous products to the City of Pittsfield Public Works Highway facility located at 232 West Housatonic Street. Enter through the rear entrance at 81 Hawthorne Avenue. The collection is free to residents.

The collection event will take place on Saturday, September 14th, from 9am to 1pm. The Center for Eco Technology is coordinating this collection on behalf of the City. Businesses such as paint contractors, plumbers, and others that generate small quantities of hazardous waste may participate in this collection by paying a fee directly to Clean Harbors, Inc. the hazardous materials collection company.

Most products that have labels that indicate: caution, toxic, poison, flammable, may be brought to the collection and should not be discarded in the trash. Paint thinners and solvents, pesticides, mercury bearing products (thermometers, thermostats, ect). Drain cleaners and gasoline are a few examples of acceptable material. Mercury containing button batteries and rechargeable cell-phone and tool batteries can be recycled at this collection. Fluorescent tube and compact lamps may be brought to Covanta located at 500 Hubbard Avenue for no charge.

For more information about what can be brought to the collection, go to: http://www.cetonline.org/events/household-hazardous-waste-collection-pittsfield/

The following items will not be accepted: Latex paint, gas cylinders, ammunition, TV’s/Computers (Goodwill Industries or Best Buy take these), alkaline batteries, medical waste/Sharps. Empty or dries up cans of latex paint can be dispensed with the regular trash. Empty cans of oil based paint, stains and solvents can be disposed with the regular trash as well.

For more information about the event, contact Jamie.cahillane@cetonline.org or call CET at 413-445-4556 x 14. Residents from communities that are not participating should call their City or Town Hall for information about household hazardous product collections.