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Hancock County Planning Commission hosts annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Community Author: Sheri Walsh | Hancock County Planning Commission
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The Hancock County Planning Commission is pleased to announce an opportunity for residents of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Dedham, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Gouldsboro, Hancock, Mariaville, Sedgwick, Sorrento, Sullivan, Surry and Winter Harbor to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Universal Waste (UW) on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ellsworth High School, 24 Lejok St., Ellsworth.

HHW refers to materials with caustic, flammable, toxic or reactive properties.  Examples include pesticides, polishes, lye, acids, solvents, oil-based paint, swimming pool chemicals and old gasoline. Universal Waste  includes materials containing mercury, cadmium and lead such as rechargeable batteries, cathode ray tubes, TV’s and computer monitors, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermostats, motor vehicle switches, PCB ballasts and thermometers.  UW is not accepted from Dedham and Hancock residents due to disposal arrangements in place year round.  The collection is restricted to households. Commercial and other forms of waste cannot be accepted.

Participants must pre-register at their municipal office and receive a permit to be presented the day of the event. For Blue Hill Peninsula residents, permits are also issued at the Blue Hill Surry Transfer Station. The permit allows the disposal of up to ten gallons or 40 pounds of HHW/UW without charge.  For details on what materials are accepted and other requirements contact Sheri Walsh at 667-7131 or

Residents from non-participating towns may dispose of up to five gallons or 20 pounds of HHW for $26.  There is no charge for computer monitors or televisions for any Hancock County resident. There is small disposal fee for other electronics for residents from non-participating towns. Contact Sheri Walsh at or 667-7131 for more information.     



For more information, contact

Sheri Walsh , HCPC Interim Executive Director

395 State St.

Ellsworth, ME  04605

207-667-7131 (office)

207-667-2099 (fax)