A household hazardous waste is any solid or liquid waste that is considered toxic to humans, chemically reactive, flammable or corrosive. The average U.S. household has approximately 100 pounds of household hazardous waste at any given time.
Each fall the Town of Belgrade participates in a household hazardous waste collection event. It occurs on the third Saturday of October in Winslow at that town’s public works facility, 135 Halifax St. Pre-registration is required. For Belgrade residents, this is done from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and until 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Town Office, 990 Augusta Road. Pre-registration occurs up to two weeks before the planned event. At pre-registration, you will:
- Identify the items you want to bring that day to ensure they are acceptable. Alternative disposal or recycling options will be offered for items that are not allowed.
- Fill out a form describing the items you will bring.
- Schedule a time you can come to the event.
- Pay a fee, if applicable.
Hazardous wastes accepted at the events include:
- Adhesives and rubber cement.
- Partially filled aerosol cans.
- Batteries for cameras and hearing aids.
- Chemistry sets.
- Compressed gas cylinders (less than 5 pounds).
- Cleaning solvents (ammonia-based chemicals, drain openers, spot removers, oven cleaners).
- E-waste (computers, TVs, printers).
- Driveway sealers.
- Engine oils.
- Fire extinguishers (old-style carbon tetrachloride A, B, and C models).
- Fuels (gasoline, diesel, kerosene).
- Hobby and art supplies.
- Nail polish remover.
- Paints (latex and oil-based).
- Photography chemicals.
- Poisons (insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, mothballs).
- Solvents and varnishes.
- Swimming pool chemicals.
To safely transport hazardous waste, you should:
- Seal all items in containers.
- Tighten all container caps and lids. Leave labels on when possible.
- Pack containers in sturdy, upright boxes padded with newspapers.
- Sort and separately pack paints, pesticides and household cleaners.
- Place materials inside your vehicle, preferably in the trunk, to prevent boxes from tipping. Drive directly to the collection site.
Items that should NOT be brought to a household hazardous waste collection event include:
- Asbestos. For disposal information, call the Maine Department of Environmental Protection at 800-452-1942.
- Commercial or industrial wastes. For disposal information, call the Maine Department of Environmental Protection at 877-846-0447.
- Infectious and biological wastes. Contact your local hospital for disposal information.
- Optional: House paints, PCB ballasts, fluorescent bulbs, mercury-containing devices, rechargeable batteries, televisions, computers and monitors are universal wastes accepted year-round at the Transfer Station, as well as at household hazardous waste collection events.
Household hazardous waste collection events are made possible through the collaboration of the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments and Environmental Projects, Inc., a Maine-based company specializing in the disposal of hazardous wastes.