We've been unintentionally stockpiling near-empty cans of household hazardous materials in our basement for years. It may be as simple as a paint can that hosts just a tiny bit of ancient residue, but our eco-anxiety prevents us from throwing it in the trash. So, every year around this time we aim to get to one of the two annual hazardous waste drop-off days that the city of Boston organizes…
Fortunately, another drop-off day is taking place THIS Saturday, June 28, 2008 from 9 am until 2 pm in West Roxbury. You can bring up to 50 pounds of toxins (that would be some hard-core stockpiling!) to the Public Works Yard for recycling and proper disposal. They'll accept anything marked toxic, flammable, reactive, corrosive or poisonous, including paint, motor oil, pesticides, solvents, glues, bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, weed killers, photo chemicals, and car batteries. Oh, and tires (!) too. DO NOT bring computers, monitors, tvs or other electronics (the city organizes a different event for recycling these items).
And remember that the best way to deal with toxins is to buy less of them in the first place, substituting as often as you can with low or non-toxic alternates.
Proof of residency required. Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, West Roxbury.
Has anyone attended the Boston Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off day? Any words of wisdom?
(picture from Ohio EPA website.)