FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:  Jef Fitzgerald

Email: jfitzgerald@hcpcme.org
Phone: 667-7131

DATE:         6/15/06

Household Hazardous Waste Collections Scheduled:

The third annual Greater Ellsworth Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Universal Waste (UW) Collection is planned for Saturday August 26, 2006 at the Ellsworth High School on State Street. So far, residents of the following municipalities may dispose of a limited amount of waste at no cost: Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Dedham, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Frenchboro, Gouldsboro, Hancock, Mariaville, Sedgwick, Sorrento, Surry, Trenton, Winter Harbor and the Unorganized Territories of Hancock County.

The annual MDI collection is being planned for Saturday October 28, 2006 at the MDI High School. Residents of the following municipalities may dispose of a limited amount of waste at no cost: Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Lamoine, Mount Desert, Tremont, Trenton and Southwest Harbor

Both collections will give residents an opportunity to safely rid their homes and garages of waste items that are caustic, flammable, toxic or reactive. Examples of HHW include cleaning solvents, oil-based paint, pesticides, used motor oil, old brake fluid, and battery acid. Universal waste commonly contains mercury and includes items such as rechargeable batteries, mercury thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, televisions and computer monitors.  Residents will be limited to 25 gallons or 25 pounds of material disposal at no cost, plus no limit on computer monitors or non-console televisions.

Good latex paint will be collected separately for use by a non-profit organization. Unacceptable items include non-hazardous trash, propane tanks, flashlight batteries, asbestos, and biological waste. No commercially generated waste may be accepted at this event.

If your town is listed above, contact local officials to pre-register. If your town is not on either list above, contact local officials to remind them that communities may still register to participate with the Hancock County Planning Commission. If your town does not sponsor the event, individuals may call the HCPC to find out how they may participate.

Both collections will use the same contractors. Environmental Projects, Inc. of Gray, Maine will collect the HHW, while Uniwaste Services' Ellsworth branch will collect the UW. Sponsors of the event include  The Acadia Disposal District,  the City of Ellsworth, the Hancock County Planning Commission and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact Jef Fitzgerald at 667-7131 or jfitzgerald@hcpcme.org.