Household Hazardous Waste Collection Planned for City of Pittsfield and Town of Dalton

A Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection, organized by the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), is planned for Pittsfield residents (proof required) from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.  Dalton residents are welcome to attend from noon to 1 p.m. only.

Residents may bring the household hazardous products to the City of Pittsfield Public Services Yard located at 232 West Housatonic St.  Entrance for this collection is through the rear of the site at 81 Hawthorne Ave.  The collection is free to residents and no pre-registration is required for items less than 25 gallons/25 pounds; please call CET at 445-4556, Ext. 14, for items exceeding 25 gallons/25 pounds. 

Please note that residents of the Town of Dalton will need to pre-register with the town’s Health Department by calling 413-684-6111, Ext. 20. 

Products with the following labels are some of the items allowed for collection: combustible, caution, toxic, poison, flammable, and acid.  Other items that are permissible include paint thinners and solvents, pesticides, mercury fever thermometers, drain cleaners, gasoline, mercury- containing button batteries, rechargeable cell-phone and tool batteries. 

Fluorescent tube and compact lamps can be brought to Covanta located at 500 Hubbard Ave.  The company will accept up to four items for free, with a cost of $2 for each additional item. Please note that Home Depot accepts compact lamps only at no charge. 

The following items will not be accepted:

  • motor oil
  • fluorescent lamps
  • latex and/or water based paint and stains
  • asbestos
  • gas cylinders
  • ammunition
  • TVs
  • computers
  • alkaline batteries
  • medical waste and sharps

Usable latex paint can be given away via the recycling website,  Empty or dried cans of latex paint, as well as empty cans of oil-based paint, stains and solvents can be disposed of with regular trash.

Residents from communities that are not participating should call their local municipality for information about household hazardous product collections.

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For more information about the upcoming collection, please contact or call 413-445-4556, Ext. 14.