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: Not yet determined 

Where: Torrington Middle School, 200 Middle School Drive, Torrington  Very strict COVID safety rules and regulations will be in place.  Anyone not in compliance will be asked to leave.   

Time: 9:00 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 available at the gatehouse of RRDD1 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.)However, the event is not free!  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: See the flyer on this page      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 some 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: Mask is required to register for the event.  RRDD1 has been dealing with the public, selling annual / half year stickers and day passes since COVID began. We have the safe procedure down pat! Simply show your local ID to the attendant at the gatehouse, you can hold it up against the glass window, you don’t have to hand it over. They will register you and hand you the ticket and information form.   You will need to specifically answer two questions when registering, do you have less than or greater than 15 gallons combined of HHW and do you have any containers in excess of five gallon?    Note: No single household should have greater than 15 gallons combined of HHW, if you do, are you a business or a contractor, etc?  Employees of the event will need to lift the items out of your vehicle with their hands, thus, no container larger than 5 gallons will be accepted.  Remember – NO CONTAINER WILL BE RETURNED TO THE RESIDENT!    


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!