City of Pittsfield to Hold Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Mayor Bianchi is happy to announce a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection is planned for Pittsfield residents.  On Saturday, September 13th, 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 Pittsfield residents.

The collection event will take place on Saturday, September 13th from 9 AM to 1 PM.  The Center for EcoTechnology 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 indicates: ‘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 etc.), 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: 

The following items will not be accepted: Latex paint, gas cylinders, ammunition, TV’s/Computers (Good Will Industries or Best Buy take these), alkaline batteries, medical waste/Sharps.  Empty or dried up cans of latex paint can be disposed 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 or call CET at 413-445-4556 x14.  Residents from communities that are not participating should call their City or Town Hall for information about household hazardous product collections.