Falmouth’s annual household hazardous waste collection will be held Saturday, June 19, at Falmouth High School, 874 Gifford Street, from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Collection of household hazardous waste protects local Cape drinking water by preventing toxic household chemicals from being discarded improperly down the drain or into the trash can. Free collections for residents are a convenient way to safely dispose of toxic household waste. This collection event is drive-thru. Residents are expected to remain in their vehicles while technicians remove the materials. Smoking is not allowed at the event.

There is no disposal fee for Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee, Sandwich and Joint Base Cape Cod residents. Residents of Bourne, Mashpee, Sandwich and Joint Base Cape Cod are not required to pre-register. Proof of residency is required for all participants and includes one of the following: driver’s license with in-town address, tax bill, or utility bill. Nonresidents may participate for a fee.

This year a new pilot program will provide no-fee hazardous materials pick-up for transportation-challenged residents, i.e., those who cannot drive due to verified health issues, lack of driver’s license, or income restrictions. Falmouth residents requesting this service should contact organizer Kalliope Chute prior to event.

Small business owners may participate with pre-registration and fee.

Accepted materials include:

• Arts & crafts hobby supplies

• Auto and boat fluids

• Cleaners and disinfectants

• Mercury-containing household items such as thermometers, thermostats, barometers

• Pesticides and lawn chemicals

• Pool chemicals

• Paints, polishes, and stains (not including latex paint)

Do not bring the following materials:

• Canned gases (propane, helium, oxygen, MAPP, et cetera)

• Fire extinguishers

• Reactive or explosive chemicals

• Ammunition or military ordinance

The collection is a collaborative effort and funded by the Towns of Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee and Falmouth, and Barnstable County’s Cape Cooperative Extension Service.

For more information, contact Kalliope Chute, Barnstable County HazMat Environmental Specialist, at 508-375-6699. Website is at http://www.loveyourlocalwater.org/.

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