Household hazardous waste

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.  Each year RRDD1 joins with Northwest CT Council on Government (NW COG) sponsoring a day where these items are collected and disposed of properly.  Due to COVID-19, plans are still underway regarding this event, currently scheduled for October in Torrington.  Please note- this event has a high likelihood of being canceled in October due to COVID-19. Further details will be posted as soon as they are available to us.  Entry tickets are required to participate and will be available at RRDD1 gatehouse in mid September.  These tickets free of charge however, RRDD1 pays for YOUR disposal.  This is a very expensive project.  When purchasing chemicals, please keep in mind not to overbuy.   If you have a pool and need to dispose of the unused chemicals, consider giving them away, posting on a free site like Facebook or other social media.

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)

What to bring: Paint stripper, paint thinner, turpentine, over cleaners, flammable liquids, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, lighter fluid, fire starters, degreaser, solvents, non-empty aerosol cans, ammonia cleaners, floor care products, spot removers, spray starch, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, poisons, waste fuel, brake fluid, transmission fluid, carburetor cleaner, photography chemicals, pool chemicals, mercury and  fiberglass resins

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.   Although household paint will be accepted at this one day event, it is accepted at RRDD1.  Residents with a sticker to dispose of their trash can bring paint, 20 # propane tanks and light bulbs daily, no additional charge.  Residents without a sticker can bring these items on Wednesday evenings, no charge.  

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.)

Don’t be confused: RRDD1 accepts used motor oil and spent antifreeze, tires (fee), latex and oil house paint, varnishes, lacquers, deck coatings, waterproofing, light bulbs, grass seed and lawn fertilizer, as well as 20 # propane tanks daily (with sticker).  These are accepted on Wednesday nights for residents without a sticker.  RRDD1 DOES NOT accept 1# propane tanks!  These are very hard to get rid of.  Consider purchasing a refillable 1# tank and reusing it.   

No smoking with ANY household hazardous waste item in your vehicle or while on the premises during the event. Nothing bigger than a 5 gallon container will be accepted. 

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!