BANGOR, Maine — Unused products with the words caution, poison, toxic, flammable, pesticide, warning, combustible, and-or danger printed on them are exactly what officials want area residents to bring to the annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day Oct. 3 in Bangor.
TVs, computers, monitors, rechargeable batteries, and other items that contain hazardous materials, also can be dropped off for free by those who have preregistered, Jerry Hughes, Bangor Public Works training officer, said Friday.
Residents from Bangor, Brewer and 20 other area communities can get rid of their hazardous materials during the hazardous material collection day. All participating residents are being asked to preregister for the event, which is being held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bangor Public Works Department, 530 Maine Ave.
“If they do not get a permit, we charge them a $10 fee when they show up and issue them a permit then,” Hughes said. “It’s imperative you bring your permit.”
Bangor residents have until noon Friday, Oct. 2, to get permits from City Hall or the Public Works Department, while those in Brewer only have until noon on Thursday, Oct. 1, from the Public Works Department on Green Point Road.
The event also is open to residents of Carmel, Clifton, Dedham, Dixmont, Eddington, Etna, Glenburn, Hampden, Hermon, Holden, Kenduskeag, Milford, Newburgh, Old Town, Orono, Orrington, Penobscot Nation, Stockton Springs, Veazie and Winterport.
Residents of the other 20 communities involved should head to their town halls to get their Residential Household Hazardous Waste Product Permit.
Residents must bring a list of what they want to get rid of. Each person can bring up to 15 gallons of household hazardous waste to the collection.
“It’s a good opportunity for [residents] to get things out of the house that could cause problems down the road,” Dave Cote, Brewer Public Works director, said Friday. “It’s a good idea” to dispose of them properly. We really don’t want to see them going into the trash because they do have environmental effects. That’s why we do this.”
Bangor Public Works held the first hazardous waste collection in 1998, and over the years the collection has grown to include most area communities. Tons and tons of old paint, motor oils and fluids and electronics have been properly disposed of through the event, Hughes said.
The towns and cities involved cover the costs of the collection by splitting the final costs based on the permits issued, Hughes said. Last year, Bangor spent just more than $34,000, he said.
Veolia Environmental Service of Stoughton, Mass., will break down and recycle the computer and electronic components during the collection day, and will dispose of the other items in facilities in Massachusetts and New Jersey, Hughes said.
“All those products go to facilities out of the state,” he said.