Household hazardous waste collection set for October 10 in Harwich

Chatham, Brewster and Harwich residents encouraged to take part

If you live in Brewster, Chatham or Harwich and you have some hazardous household waste you would like to get rid off, you are in luck. The final collection for Brewster, Chatham and Harwich will be on Saturday, October 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Harwich Transfer Station, 209 Queen Anne Road, Harwich.

The collections are a collaboration between Barnstable County through the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and local towns.

Many common items in a household are considered hazardous and should not be disposed of by regular means.  

Each collection site (varies by town) has its own list of items that will be accepted at the collection. The list for Brewster, Chatham and Harwich is here. Click here to see the lists for other towns/collection sites. Most paints (other than latex), yard chemicals, cleaners and auto fluids are considered toxic and will be accepted. Homeowners are encouraged to bring items containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats and barometers) that they no longer want to the collection.

Upon arrival at the collection, you will be greeted and given some educational materials. A volunteer or staff member with the program will survey and sort your items, according to the Cape Cod Extension website, and let you know what will be accepted.

October 10 is the final collection for Chatham, Brewster and Harwich. There is one final collection on Cape this year for residents in Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth and Mashpee at Peebles Elementary School in Bourne on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on