Get rid of old paint, antifreze, driveway sealer, fertilizer at collection

The city of Shelton will sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Shelton Highway Department garage, 41 Myrtle St.

Myrtle Street is between Howe Avenue and Riverdale Avenue downtown, near Route 8.

Accepted will be items such as paint, stains, paint strippers, fuels, antifreeze, driveway sealer, insecticides, fertilizers, rubber cement, photo chemicals, floor polish, drain cleaner and swimming pool chemicals.

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Note: The day of the collection was mistakenly listed as Oct. 20 in the recently-published 2013 Shelton Answerbook. The correct date this year is Saturday, Oct. 5. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.


Not being accepted are trash, propane cylinders, fire extinguishers, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, smoke detectors, prescription medicines, and commercial or industrial waste.

(A more complete list of what to bring and what not to bring appears later in this article.)

Proof of residency required

Proof of Shelton residency will be required at the collection. The collection is being handled by MXI Environmental Services.

For information call the Shelton Highway Department at 203-924-9277.

Transporting items safely

To transport items safely to the collection site, people should leave materials in original containers while tightening caps and lids. Chemicals should never be mixed.

People should sort and pack separately — oil paint, pesticides, and household cleaners.

Containers should be packed in sturdy, upright boxes that are padded with newspaper. Pack the car and drive directly to the collection site. People should never smoke while handling or transporting hazardous material.

What to bring


— Paints

— Stains and varnishes

— Wood preservatives

— Paint strippers and thinners

— Solvent adhesives

— Lighter fluid


— Fuels, gasoline and kerosene

— Antifreeze

— Engine degreaser

— Brake fluid and carburetor cleaner

— Transmission fluid

— Car wax and polishes

— Driveway sealer

— Roofing tar

— Swimming pool chemicals


— Poisons, insecticides and fungicides

— Chemical fertilizers

— Weed killers

— Moth balls

— Flea control products


— Rubber cement and airplane glue

— Fiberglass resins

— Photo chemicals

— Chemistry sets

— Furniture polish

— Floor and metal polish

— Oven cleaner

— Drain and toilet cleaner

— Spot remover

— Rug and upholstery cleaner

— Hobby supplies and artist supplies

— Fluorescent light bulbs

What to not bring

— Trash or empty containers

— Propane cylinders or pressurized cylinders

— Fire extinguishers

— Ammunition, fireworks or explosives

— Smoke detectors

— Prescription medicines or syringes

— Commercial or industrial waste

— Radioactive waste

— Infectious or biological waste