An overwhelming response to the first household hazardous waste collection day this fall has prompted the town of Hamilton to add a second collection day in November, according to DPW Director Bill Redford.
Clean Harbors, the company that conducted the collection day, was overwhelmed with a volume of household hazardous waste they didn’t anticipate at a collection day earlier this month, Redford said.
The additional hazardous waste collection day will be on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW yard behind Hamilton Town Hall at 577 Bay Road.
Redford said residents should remember that latex paint (when it has dried out) can be put out with regular trash – either in a blue bag or official town barrel.
Redford said he was told that latex paint could have possibly contributed to the unanticipated extra volume. There was four times the volume of material collected this year – but not four times the number of people. One theory is that the increased volume may be related to increased home sales during the past year.
At the first hazardous waste collection day this fall, a line built up before 9 a.m. At the end, Hamilton police arrived at about 11:45 a.m. because traffic had backed up on Route 1A. At first, the collection was shut down and later police said all of the cars in line, which stretched south to Margaret Road, should be brought in, Redford said.
The Clean Harbors containers were all full at that point and people were turned away, Redford said.
Redford said the combined collection day, for Hamilton and Wenham, was designed to cover the cost of the event, which wasn’t covered when each town held its own collection day. There is a fee to dispose of most of the items.
“We will have to see if we should go to twice a year,” he said.