Bangor program makes dent in hazardous waste

Posted Oct. 03, 2010, at 8:53 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Homes and garages in Bangor area communities are a bit safer now, after the annual hazardous waste collection on Saturday by the city’s Department of Public Works.

According to dispatcher Ryan Moody, a steady stream of cars and trucks pulled through the collection site on Maine Avenue near Bangor International Airport from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents from Bangor, Brewer, Indian Island and 18 other communities were invited to take part in this year’s collection. Residents were asked to obtain a free permit in advance from their municipal offices. Those who showed up without a permit were allowed to drop off materials for a $10 fee.

Moody said two or three tractor-trailer loads of materials were collected, including paints, petroleum products, solvents, rat poison, chemical fertilizers, fluorescent lamps, pesticides, mercury thermometers, computer components, televisions and more.

Though the one-day event was widely publicized, Moody said many people doubtless will call Monday asking where they can dispose of their hazardous waste materials. The next collection will take place on the first Saturday of October 2011.

The city contracted with the Veolia environmental services company out of Massachusetts to collect, sort and dispose of the materials. Trucks hauled the waste away Saturday evening.

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