Press Release

Hancock County Household Hazardous Waste Collection

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Hancock County Planning Commission will sponsor a household hazardous waste collection event, where residents from sponsoring communities will be able to dispose of up to five gallons or 25 pounds of household hazardous materials at no cost.

Examples of materials that will be accepted include household cleaners, oil-based paint, used motor oil, pesticides, herbicides, and photo chemicals. Universal waste also will be accepted at this year’s events from all participating towns except Hancock, which has its own disposal contract. Examples of universal waste include fluorescent light bulbs, old cell phones, rechargeable batteries, mercury thermometers, and computer monitors and TV’s. Please note this collection is restricted to households. Commercial and institutional waste cannot be accepted.

The collection, organized by Hancock County Planning Commission, is scheduled for 9a .m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Ellsworth High School, and will serve households in Ellsworth, Gouldsboro, Hancock, Sorrento, Sullivan, Trenton, and Winter Harbor. The event will end promptly at 1 p.m. Participants must pre-register and receive a permit from their town office. The permit must be presented with your items at the collection site in order to dispose of items at no charge.

Volunteers are needed to assist with this event. If you are interested in volunteering or need additional information please contact Sheri Walsh of HCPC at 667-7131 or


CONTACT: Hancock County Planning Commission

395 State Street

Ellsworth, ME 04605

667-7131 (Voice)

667-2099 (Fax)

DATE: July 15, 2013