Spring Cleaning: Dump Hazardous Items, Electronics and Clothes

by | May 2, 2014

The Town of Auburn announces that the Auburn Board of Health is offering Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday May 3, 2014 from 9:00AM to 12:00 PM. The event will be located in the parking lot area at FMC, Horgan Ice Arena at 403 Oxford Street, Auburn, MA.

This hazardous waste collection event is open to Auburn residents and is a free community service. The types of materials accepted include oil and lead based paints, paint thinners, pesticides, dangerous cleaning agents, motor oil and automobile fluids. Additionally, they will be collecting all types of batteries, and mercury containing items, as well as propane tanks, tires and more.

Organizers would like to remind residents that latex paint is not a hazardous material, and therefore they encourage disposal in the following manner: If there is a small amount of paint in the can, simply remove the lid and let the paint dry out or add crumpled up newspapers or kitty litter in the can to absorb the liquid. In most cases, once the paint is dried, you can pop out the dried paint and then recycle the can.

The other option is to paint something! Use the paint to bring new life to an old shed or garage, the paint will be used up and you will have a “fresh” looking building in your yard.

In addition to hazardous household materials, residents have the opportunity to clean out other rooms beyond the garage and basement.

The Auburn Masons will be collecting all types of electronics for small donation fees to benefit their charitable organization. We encourage you to clean out your basements of those old computer screens, broken fax machines and outdated televisions, etc. and support the Masons effort.

 Cash4Clothes will be taking bulk clothing on Saturday, as well.  Visit the Cash4Clothing website for more information on what they can accept, but it is almost any clothing or textile in your house.

Be kind to Mother Earth and do something good for yourself and your environment!  We hope to see you on Saturday, May 3, 2014 for this community event!