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June 26, 2013

Residents urged to carpool on hazardous waste day

NEWBURY — Residents who are planning on participating in the first-ever Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday are strongly encouraged to car pool.

The program, which takes place in the back parking lot at the Newbury Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon, is free to non-commercial residents for this first year. However, the town of Newbury will be charged per vehicle, so carpooling will save the town money.

The Board of Health stresses that latex paint — the kind that can be cleaned up with soap and water — is not considered hazardous and therefore will not be accepted. Nor will explosives or any ordinance, empty or partially empty propane tanks, medical waste (biomedical and pharmaceutical), PCB’s, radioactive material (including smoke detectors) or tires.

Items that can be disposed of include: Oil­-based paints, shellac, varnish paint, strippers turpentine, paint thinners, wood preservatives, dry­cell batteries (not including alkaline), cleaners, polishes, solvents, adhesives, acids, flammable liquids, fire starters, fiberglass resins 2,4,5, trichiorophenoxyacetic acid insecticides, pesticides, poisons, herbicides, weed killers, fungicides, nail polish remover, oven/drain cleaners, waste fuels (gasoline, kerosene), used motor oil, transmission fluid, tire cleaners, radiator flush, degreasers, carburetor cleaner, antifreeze, brake fluid and oil filters.

For more information, call the health board at 978-465-0862, ext. 316.

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