Household Hazardous Waste/Electronics Recycling/Shredding

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The Town of Farmington is happy to announce that we are working with the Towns of Avon, Canton, Granby, Simsbury, and Suffield to provide Household Hazardous Waste Collections.  The collections will run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be open to all residents from Avon, Canton, Farmington, Granby, Simsbury, and Suffield. 

  • April 25, 2020 - at Farmington High School, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT. -- CANCELLED due to COVID-19 concerns

  • June 13, 2020 - at Simsbury Public Works Facility, 66 Town Forest Road, Simsbury, CT.
  • October 17, 2020 - at Simsbury Public Works Facility, 66 Town Forest Road, Simsbury, CT

On the same dates and locations listed above, there will also be FREE collections for the residents of Avon, Canton, Farmington, Granby, Simsbury, and Suffield:

  • Electronics Recycling Collection
  • Used motor oil collection
  • Personal document shredding - hours are 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or until the trucks are full  (please limit yourself to 2 boxes)

Below are some frequently asked questions related to Household Hazardous Waste disposal.  For more specific information, please contact Farmington Highway & Grounds at 860-675-2550.

Acceptable items:

  • Fluorescent and compact light bulbs
  • Batteries – common household batteries including rechargeable batteries & car batteries
  • Lawn care chemicals – fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides
  • Switches or items containing Mercury – thermometers, thermostats, motion detectors
  • Household cleaners – acids, adhesives, aerosol cans, ammonia, drain cleaner, disinfectants, moth balls, etc.
  • Chemicals from the garage or workshop – antifreeze, ant/bug spray or bait, brake fluid, old gasoline, oil-based paints only, lighter fluid, polyurethane, pool chemicals, road flares, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, wood stain, etc.

 Unacceptable items:

  • Ammunition and/or explosives (including gunpowder)
  • Asbestos
  • Business Waste – collection is for residential waste only
  • Cement - not hazardous-check with clean-fill disposal retailers
  • Empty Containers – A container is considered empty when no more than one inch or 3% (by weight) of material is left in the container, these can be disposed of in the regular trash.
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Freon
  • Latex Paint (go to for recycling information).
  • Marine Flares – Pyrotechnic flares cannot be accepted at the Collection because they are categorized as explosives.
  • Ice melt – Ice melt is not hazardous and can be disposed in the regular trash
  • Latex Driveway Sealer (Genite) – Driveway sealer is not hazardous; solidify then throw in the regular trash
  • Medicine/Drugs/Needles/Syringes - prescription drop-box located in the lobby at Farmington Police Dept
  • Propane Tanks for gas grills - check with propane retailers
  • Appliances - check with metal recycling areas
  • Smoke detectors - check with manufacturer for their recycling program
  • Tires
  • Used Oil Filters

How can I get rid of latex and oil-based paint?

***Recycle your leftover paint through PaintCare – it’s FREE***

Starting 7/1/13, a Connecticut Law requires the paint and coating industry to develop a financially and environmentally sustainable solution to manage postconsumer architectural paint.  Under the new program, the paint industry will make paint recycling more convenient by setting up drop-off sites throughout the state where consumers can take their paint.  PaintCare will also conduct outreach and education about buying the right amount and using up remaining paint. 

For drop off locations and program information, please go to: