Household hazardous waste collection scheduled Aug. 25

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Planning Commission has announced 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 and universal waste.

The collection event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. at Ellsworth High School.

Household hazardous waste 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, TVs and computer monitors, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermostats, motor vehicle switches, PCB ballasts and thermometers.

Universal waste is not accepted from Dedham and Hancock residents due to disposal arrangements that are 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 10 gallons or 40 pounds of hazardous household waste or universal waste without charge.

Residents from non-participating towns may dispose of up to five gallons or 20 pounds of household hazardous waste 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.

For more information, contact Sheri Walsh at 667-7131 or [email protected].

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