The Town of Smithtown held a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event (HHWCE) on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Town Municipal Services Facility at 85 Old Northport Road in Kings Park. Over 47 tons of material was collected from five hundred and ninety-six families participating in the event. This was the largest HHWCE in Smithtown’s history.
Notable items included decades old quart bottles of the long banned pesticides DDT and Chlordane. Additional materials included pesticides, oil based paints, gasoline, paint thinners, waste gases, petroleum distillates, flammable solids, liquid and solid oxidizers, sodium and potassium nitrates, acids, corrosives, miscellaneous toxic liquids and solids, lacquers and various toxic compounds.
“The household hazardous waste collection event has been a real success. Participating in a household hazardous waste collection event allows people to safely dispose of old chemicals. It also heightens awareness that not everything offered for sale is a good thing to have and use around the house. We should all try to minimize or avoid buying toxic products in the first place,” said Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio.
HHWCE was conducted by Care Environmental Corp. of Landing, New Jersey. The firm won the contract for the highly specialized and regulated work through a competitive bid process. The cost to the Town of Smithtown was $11,900.00. The Town will be reimbursed one half of the cost by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
The next HHWCE will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 7am - 3pm at the Municipal Services Facility, 85 Old Northport Rd., Kings Park.