Household hazardous waste

What is HHW: Hazardous waste includes many kinds of chemicals and other waste such as acids and bases, automotive paint, lead based paint, spray cans of paint and other chemicals, cleaning solvents, metal finishing waste, items containing mercury like thermostats.  These items need special handling.  

When: Saturday, October 8

Where: Torrington Water Pollution Control Facility

Time: 8:30 AM- 2:00 PM 

TICKET REQUIRED / Cost: This event is FREE to household residents of Barkhamsted, New Hartford and Winchester but YOU MUST have a “ticket” for entry. These are generally available at the gatehouse after Labor Day during regular daytime hours of operation (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7:00 AM- 3:00 PM plus Wednesday evenings in the red tag sale building from 4:00 PM -7:00 PM.) Although the  event of no charge to the residents, as a courtesy,  RRDD1 pays for every vehicle that enters from our towns and RRDD1 is charged accordingly.  Disposing of household hazardous waste is very costly to the district / town, who actually pay the bill for YOUR HHW items.  Please use up your old cleaning supplies, give your old pool chemicals to someone with a pool, mix your old lawn fertilizer in with your leaves, for a nice compost. Most importantly – don’t overbuy!    Business owners, contractors, “cleanout” companies, and property managers may call COG (Northwest CT Council on Government) directly to schedule a drop off time, these persons will be responsible for the cost of disposal.  

What to Bring: Your will  be given a flyer when you pick up your ticket. This list does include paints, stains and varnishes, household batteries and anti freeze, while you can bring them to HHW Day, bring them to RRDD1 instead and save yourself  time in line at the event. – NO CHARGE! (Sticker needed at RRDD1 or Wednesday nights – no sticker needed).  

What not to bring list includes light bulbs, electronics, propane tanks (RRDD1 only accepts 20#) and used motor oil.   RRDD1 accepts these items free of charge, same rules apply – sticker needed unless its Wednesday night.  

COVID SAFETY: You must stay in your vehicle on  site at the HHW event, all items MUST be in the rear compartment of your vehicle with nothing in your back seat.  All items will be removed from your rear compartment so if there is something that does not go during HHW – remove it before pulling up to the gate as everything will be removed.  Also, no containers will be emptied and returned.  Please plan accordingly and pack your vehicle safely. Wear a face mask.  Absolutely NO propane tanks of any size will be accepted. 

THIS IS NOT FOR CONTRACTORS OR PROPERTY MANAGERS, it is for resident households.  


No single item weighing more then 50 pounds will be accepte

If you are anxious to dispose of your HHW, you may contact New England Disposal Technologies in Westfield, MA ( or 866-769-1621).  It is our understanding that they will  accept HHW during regular business hours from residents.   (Fee applies)

In order to make your trip to the Household Waste Collection Day as quick and easy as possible here are some things you should do to prepare your items: Keep your items in their original container and organize similar items together in a box.  

NOT ACCEPTED: Radioactive materials, asbestos, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, smoke detectors, infectious and biological waste and syringes plus  fire extinguishers (contact Fire Equipment Headquarters in Torrington.)

NO SMOKING on the school grounds during the event! DO NOT SMOKE in your vehicle with HHW!   

WARNING! Don’t even think about disgarding HHW at RRDD1.  Cameras are on site, and you will receive a letter may receive a fine for improper disposal.  If someone is injured or worse due to a HHW item you left behind, you may be held responsible.  Don’t do it! No oil filters are accepted at RRDD#1.   Please place them in a safe container and transport them to HHW with your other items. Used gas is also not accepted at RRDD#1 – please bring this to the HHW event. RRDD#1 accepts ONLY 20 pound propane tanks, no other sizes! 20 # tanks go in a special place – ask attendant. Do not throw these tanks, smaller or larger tanks  into the trash or recycle containers as they can catch fire. Cameras are in use all over RRDD#1 and you may be held responsible in the event a fire starts and or someone gets hurt.