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HazWaste Central Will Reopen on May 18, 2024

We cannot accept any waste until the scheduled start of the 2024 season.

Register for HazWaste Central

Please pre-register for the collection event you would like to attend. Attendance to multiple collection events throughout the Hazwaste season will require registration for each visit. Please complete a separate registration form for each collection event. Click here to complete the registration form. 

HazWaste Central

HazWaste Central is co-sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and the South Central Regional Council of Governments. Visiting HazWaste Central is convenient and easy because visitors never have to leave their cars, and all hazwaste is off-loaded by professionals. HazWaste Central helps residents in member towns protect local waterways and natural environments by providing a location for the appropriate and safe disposal of household hazardous waste.

HazWaste Central is provided at no cost to residents whose towns are active members of the HazWaste Central Municipal Planning Committee only. If you are a resident of a town that is not a member of the Hazwaste Central Planning Committee, please inquire about waste disposal options at ask.hazwaste@rwater.com

 

HazWaste Central Collection Events

HazWaste Central holds weekly collection events every Saturday during the HazWaste season from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Regional Water Authority headquarters located at 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT. The 2024 HazWaste season begins on Saturday, May 18, and ends on Saturday, October 26. Satellite collections are held in select member towns. Please check individual town websites for information on satellite collections.

What to Bring to HazWaste Central Collection Events

Every residential household can bring a maximum of 60 gallons of liquid waste and 80 pounds of solid waste per collection event. If you have more than 60 gallons or 80 pounds of waste, please register for multiple collection events and separate waste to be disposed of at multiple collection events throughout the season. If you would like to dispose of a large quantity of waste all at once, please see the CESQG and Large Quantity Residential Household Hazardous Waste section below. Click here for a list of all items acceptable HazWaste Central items.

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) & Large Quantity Residential Household Hazardous Waste

Businesses that meet requirements as conditionally exempt small-quantity generators may apply for large-quantity waste removal. The requirements to be met as a CESQG are detailed in the application below. Residents with more than 60 gallons or 80 pounds of waste may fill out the “Large Quantity Residential Household Hazardous Waste” application to dispose of large quantities of waste at a single collection event.

Small businesses, those with Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) status, can participate in the HazWaste Central Program BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To learn more, download the CESQG Information Packet and the appropriate form:

CESQG Small Business Form

CESQG Municipal Form

Large Quantity Residential Household Hazardous Waste Form

Frequently Asked Question

If you want questions answered directly, feel free to contact HazWaste Central at 203-401-2712 or email ask.hazwaste@rwater.com. For more tips, view the Your Questions Answered video series in the section below.

What if I want my containers back after the contents have been emptied?

Notify the HazWaste staff unloading your vehicle that you want to keep your gasoline or other container, and they will return them to you after decanting.

Do I need to arrive at the collection event at a certain time?

HazWaste Central collections are held from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Residents are served at the time of their arrival.

What should I do with hazardous waste during the HazWaste off-season?

You may use https://www.paintcare.org/states/connecticut/ to find a disposal location for paint needs. Contact your local transfer station and scrap metal businesses for the disposal of certain materials that would be accepted in the associated locations. Lastly, store your waste until the HazWaste Central season reconvenes in May and be one of the first to take advantage of the collection services in the Spring.

Are collection events held rain or shine?

HazWaste Central Collections are held rain or shine. Staff members will work efficiently to unload residential vehicles for inclement weather to have the least impact on the collection event. You can check rwater.com for an up-to-date list of collection event dates.

Your Questions Answered Video Series

Our household hazardous waste expert has prepared a series of videos to provide helpful information to our customers who may be cleaning their homes and locating unwanted household hazardous waste products. 

Your Questions Answered Videos