Bellingham’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, scheduled for Saturday, June 3, from 9 am to 1 pm, has a new venue — the Bellingham Senior Center, located at 40 Blackstone St.
All Bellingham residents can participate at no charge but proof of residency is required. The event offers residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted cleaning supplies, waste oil or other household chemicals or motor vehicle fluids that have piled up in garages and basements.
There are some materials that will not be collected on June 3 and they include propane gas tanks, automobile batteries and latex paint. However, the town’s recycling center, located on South Maple Street and open on Saturdays and Sundays, accepts tires, car batteries and propane tanks at no charge. Latex-based paint is not a hazardous material and will not be accepted at the waste-collection event. Latex paint can be left at the curbside with trash on regularly scheduled days, but it must be allowed to harden first.
The waste collection day began in 1990 and has been an annual occurrence for 27 years. Residents planning to participate in the event should note that cars often line up at 8:30 am and the heaviest traffic occurs during the early hours. Traffic slows around 11:30. As long as residents are in line by 1 pm, they will not be turned away.
The following is a list of materials that will be accepted at the June 3 event: