Hazardous waste event

BAR HARBOR — The annual household hazardous waste (HHW) and universal waste (UW) collection event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, in the front parking lot at Mount Desert Island High School.

HHW includes oil, antifreeze, transmission and brake fluids, oil based paint, paint thinner and remover, adhesives, solvents, oven and drain cleaners, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.

Classified as UW are computers, monitors, TVs, rechargeable batteries, fever and cooking thermometers, old chest freezers and some types of gas appliances.

Residents of the four MDI towns plus the Cranberry Isles, Frenchboro, Lamoine, Swan’s Island and Trenton may bring their HHW to the collection site at no charge. Residents of those towns – except for Bar Harbor – also may bring their UW. Bar Harbor residents may take their UW to the Bar Harbor recycling center at their convenience.

Residents of towns other than those listed above will be charged a fee to dispose of their HHW and UW at the event; however, the amount to be charged will not be set until that day, according to information from the Acadia Disposal District (ADD), which is organizing the event.

Bulk truck or trailer loads of HHW and UW will be accepted from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. The public may drop off individual items or smaller amounts from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help with the HHW and UW collection event, said ADD Chairman Tony Smith. Anyone interested in volunteering may call him at 276-5743.

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