Household Hazardous Waste/Universal Waste Permits Now Available for MDI Collection Event


The Hancock County Planning Commission and Acadia Disposal District announce that 2005 household hazardous and universal waste permits are now available for residents from sponsoring communities of the greater Mount Desert Island region.  The collection will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 to 1:00 at the MDI Regional High School.  In order to participate in the collection for free, residents of sponsoring communities are required to pre-register and bring permits to the collection site on collection day.  People from non-sponsoring towns who wish to participate will be required to pay for material disposal; the cost will be determined according to the amount of materials brought to the collection site.  Sponsoring communities include:


Examples of household hazardous waste include cleaning solvents, oil-based paint, pesticides, used motor oil or brake fluid, and battery acid.  Universal waste commonly contains mercury and includes items such as rechargeable batteries, mercury thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, and computer or television monitors.  Residents will be limited to 10 gallons or 40 pounds of hazardous material disposal at no cost.  With the exception of Bar Harbor residents, participants must pre-pay for television or computer monitors.  The cost is $8 for units 17 inches in size or less and $11 for anything bigger.  Bar Harbor residents may drop materials off at the recycling center during regular business hours.  Unacceptable items include latex-based paint, propane tanks, flashlight batteries, asbestos, and biological waste.


Permits are available at the Bar Harbor Highway Department for Bar Harbor residents.  Others may get a permit from their town office.  Permits will be collected on the day of the event.  For more information, please contact your town office or Sherry Churchill, HCPC Planner, at 667-7131 or