Six Towns Share Haz Waste Disposal

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Photo by Lester Smith

Two lines of cars drive through the big parking garage of Simsbury Public Works to deposit their hazardous waste on November 9. Suffield is now sharing in this six-town operation.

Suffield has joined with five other towns to support periodic disposal of household hazardous waste, and our first participation took place on Saturday, November 9, at the Simsbury public works facility on Town Forest Road in that town.The set-up there turned out to be very satisfactory and easy to find, though it did take this reporter about 45 minutes and over 16 miles to drive there from Suffield Center.

Just like previous disposal events in Suffield, the first stop was for information and ID verification. Then two queues led to drive-through lanes in a giant, sixteen-truck parking garage, emptied for the occasion, where hazardous waste was unloaded. The rest of the building was filled with sorting and crating spaces. The tractor-trailers of MXI, the main disposal company present, were parked nearby. MXI is a multi-state company that has been in business over 50 years.

Drivers leaving the main station were told how to reach two other disposal stations. The first had trucks from File Shred, which collected paper and shredded it on the spot. At the next station, Take 2 Secure Electronics Recycling accepted TVs and computers, etc. Traffic management and other help was provided by representatives of all six towns. A crew member reported that over 800 vehicles were served, including many from Suffield.

A Suffield Town announcement said, “Along with significant cost savings from sharing services, we are hoping to be able to participate in two collection days per year in Simsbury: one in November and one in the Spring.”

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