Household hazardous waste comes from everyday products used in the home, garage, yard or garden. By definition, they are corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive. These products can be disposed of for free at HazWaste Central. HazWaste Central helps protect the water resources in Greater New Haven, while providing cost-effective municipal services. Because the chemicals are safely collected, the land and important waterways are not polluted. A visit to HazWaste Central is quick and easy. Participants never have to leave their cars, and the waste is off-loaded by professionals. Here is a list of items that are accepted at HazWaste Central.
What can I do with my household hazardous waste until HazWaste Central reopens in May?
Local disposal options may be available for batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs and paint. Please check with your public works department or local transfer station or the following resources:
When can I come to HazWaste Central?
If you live in a HazWaste Central community, (the towns are listed below), you can bring your household hazardous waste to us on Saturday mornings only, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, from mid-May through the end of October. Please do not bring waste to the Center at any other time. 2016 HazWaste Central Schedule
What are Satellite Collections?
At satellite collections, we come to specified towns and set up special collection sites, but our main location (right behind the Regional Water Authority’s headquarters, 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven) is open to residents of all the listed towns every Saturday from mid-May through the end of October with the exception of major holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day).
We’re located right behind the Regional Water Authority’s headquarters, 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven, (that’s just south of I-95 exit 46-Long Wharf—a short distance from the junction of I-91 and the Connecticut Turnpike). Click on the map to the right for a larger version.
HazWaste Central is free to residents of Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Fairfield, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge. Residents of Meriden will be able to bring household hazardous wastes beginning in July 2017.
Please download and fill out our user questionnaire form prior to coming to drop off your household hazardous waste.
Small Business Information
Small businesses, those with Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator status (CESQG’s), can now participate in the HazWaste Central Program BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. There are requirements for delivery.
What Happens to the Waste?
An interesting thing happens as soon as we accept your household hazardous waste. Once it is in our hands, your old household products become hazardous waste. They then fall under stringent regulations for handling, storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Clean Harbors Environmental Services of New Britain, CT removes household hazardous wastes from your car, identifies it, enters it into a record keeping system and packs it into a 55-gallon drum of similar wastes.
They transport the drums to federally approved disposal sites. Some materials from HazWaste Central are incinerated in special facilities approved for disposal of hazardous wastes. Others are placed in special landfills. When possible, materials from HazWaste Central are recycled or reused.
Want to Volunteer?
Volunteering at HazWaste Central is one way you can act locally and think globally.
Volunteers help at the Center by collecting information from people as they drive into the site. Volunteers do not come in contact with, remove or handle any of the wastes brought to HazWaste Central.
Call us at 203-401-2712 for information about becoming a HazWaste Central Volunteer or to sign up to help at your community’s next volunteer day at HazWaste Central.
Who’s Behind HazWaste Central?
The Regional Water Authority worked with the South Central Regional Council of Governments to form HazWaste Central in 1989. Our Center grew out of the RWA's interest to protect the region’s water resources and the Council’s concern for cost-effective municipal services. HazWaste Central now serves a combined population of over 535,000.
What Has HazWaste Done for the Environment?
Since 1990, HazWaste Central has collected over one million gallons of waste from more than 113,000 households.
How Can I Contact HazWaste Central?