"GOOD RIDDANCE DAY" AN OFFICIAL REGIONAL EVENT SINCE 2000
At right, Weston-only "Shredding Day" invitationnotice as well as Weston location for HHWDAY
Prior to 2000, Weston combined with other towns or went it alone...and
we were so good about safely disposing of our HHW that the other host
community asked us not to do it with them any more.
2018 "Good Riddance Day" report
The situation when we arrived was perfect - no wait. In the trip along the pathway to disposal we saw the DPW Fleet...
GOOD RIDDANCE DAY 2018 PICTURE STORY
Getting rto DPW at around 11:45am seems to be perfect - any early rush has subsided but it is before the last minute rush...
Regional Household Hazardous Waste
Disposal at DPW over for 2018: 210 cars by 11:45am...150 from
Weston. 45 minutes to go, cars were streaming in still...no wait.
May 8, 2018 from 9am to 12pm at DPW for Weston residents only - "SHREDDING DAY"
G O O D R I D D A N C E D A Y 2 0 1 7 :
The numbers: est. 230 plus. (at
shortly before noon the count was 205). By far it was Westonites who showed
up, with Norwalk second, Westport third.
Did we do traffic counts? No. But it would require turning movement counts to get precise picture.*
HYPOTHESIS: "One in three cars on Old
Hyde Road between 8:30am and 12:30pm went to Good Riddance Day."
With no reliable data points, we must reject the hypothesis.
* = How do you do this? Very simple. E-mail this website for further info.
Boxes and bottles w/o stuff!
Already packed and consolidated by material by large staff from..see below.
Lots of workers - very efficient!
Excellent combination with Town staff as extras and official observers to make sure Westonites treated well.
Prepared for rain during analysis.
Very efficient - leadership of Pattie -
keeping close track of who's from which town by car so that the correct
bill can be sent to the right municipality in former SWRPA area.
How's this for "selling" Weston...can you find DPW?
What other communities in Lower Fairfield
County have their DPW Garage on one of the fanciest streets in
town? (P.S. DPW was in this location before zoning[ [used to
host the dog pound, too] - but not with the lovely layout and design by
DPW Chief Joe)
O N E C O L L E C T I O N I N E A C
H O F E I G H T F O
R M E R S W R P A C O M M U N I T I
LINK TO 2017 "SWRPA" REGION HHW DAY DATES: http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/HazardousWasteDay2017.pdf
That's four weeks away!
R E G I O N A L H H W D A T E S ( F R O M S T A M F O R D W E B S I T E )
ON THE WAY TO HHW DAY ON A LOVELY SATURDAY
AND PAST LACHAT...WITH ITS RUSTED FARM EQUIPMENT AS SCULPTURE...
TO GOOD RIDDANCE DAY, APRIL 30, 2016 AT DPW AND ITS RUSTED IMPLEMENTS!
A great day
to visit rural Weston - and altho' no official numbers, we got the
impression that some from the cities took a day in the country for
HHW!!! We enjoyed our trip across Godfrey Road, checking out progress at
the Lachat Town Farm...Weston looked lovely and very tidy, as this was
also "Green-Up" Day!
CHEMICALS AND MORE CHEMICALS
Bottles and cartons not sorted by color - but it almost looks like it!
WE WERE AMONG THE LAST TO SHOW UP...@12 noon or so.
We found out that more than 200 cars had gone through the line, and the
the wait had been even longer than our wait of @20 minutes. which
according to our "records" below, was in the ball park for total
customers (might have been lower for Westonites) and in the ball park on
the length of wait time.
STATE POLICE ENFORCING BUCKLE UP LAWS, WE NOTE THIS BACK SEAT PASSENGER IS SAFE!
Is that a built-in seat belt? Or
custom made? And what is the Boxer doing in an Audi (thought they
only rode in Porsche Boxters).
R E G I O N A L H H W D A T E S
( F R O M N O R W A L K W E B
S I T E )
GOOD RIDDANCE DAY APRIL 25, 2015 - GORGEOUS DAY FOR DISPOSING OF HHW!
How many cars by 11:45am? The official estimate from DPW: 150. Was there a wait? Yes. How long? 16 minutes. Ratio between local Weston "customers" and others in the region? 110 from Weston - you do the math!
Checking in, with a backdrop of sand and more sand - reminding us
of DPW's great effort on snowfall removal this year
and keeping our roads safe; two 16 yard containers for disposables that
DPW will take to the transfer station later (NOTE: BY 2017 they
don't take it for you any more); cardboard containers for separating same types of hazardous materials containers. Barrels for specific types of hazardous materials that perhaps were mixed...
MAY 2, 2014 FROM 9AM TO 12PM AT DPW FOR WESTON RESIDENTS ONLY THIS TIME - "SHREDDING DAY"
2014 - PLEASE RE-READ YOU POISON GREEN GOOD RIDDANCE
DAY INVITATION FOR SHREDDING EVENT.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection total participating: 256 cars of which appox. 150 were from Weston. We arrived late to get the numbers!
April 26th event over! It rained heavily at
the start, and then continued most of the morning, so the waste products
were dealt with inside (concrete floor) at a couple of DPW bays. The chemical part of the operation went on with extra protection mats on the floor. NOTE: As the DPW garage, we note that oil changes are probably done in this room ordinarily...
Good Riddance Day 2013 was Saturday,
April 27, 2013 at DPW on Old Hyde Road, 8:30am to 12:30pm. A
NEW FOR 2013: TOWN OF WESTON
IN SAME MAILING...BUT FOR
WESTON RESIDENTS ONLY
2013 - HOW DID IT GO? The folks who
ran the event with DPW were having a great time in the beautiful
weather! Of course, this worker was far away from
fumes!!! Since we did not come at the very end, we can't tell you
the final number. However, an estimate provided by DPW with about
an hour more to go (around 11:30am) indicated that so far 150 (approx.)
Westonites had attended and about 100 from the other 7 towns in SWRPA
(it was available to the 8 towns in the M.P.O./SWRPA region). If
this estimate was accurate (done on the fly) what it shows is that
Westonites came out in force and our neighboring towns found out how to
find Old Hyde Road!
VERY ORGANIZED. This Westchester-based group unloaded quickly
from cars and keeps traffic moving - like "retail" approach. In
previous years, other organizations have come from further away
(Massachusetts, for example) and did both initial sorting and some
final packing on the spot during hours of actual drop off. The
sorting this year and last, IIRC, is done without the presence of a
major "big rig" truck by more people at once.
This year there were many workers and super efficient loaders and
sorters! Excellent job! Not official because it wasn't at
the end of the event: Percentage of out of towners up this year.
"Shredding Day" Saturday MAY 11 from 9am to 12 noon at DPW FOR WESTON
"GOOD RIDDANCE DAY 2012"
28th, 8:30am - 12:30pm, over now; Big turnout, lots of sorting left
Over in Weston - regional Household Hazardous
- other opportunities this spring/summer and in the fall of 2012!
included more out of town cars than usual - not official number,
estimated...184 before 12 noon.
TURNOUT JUST BEFORE 12
NOON = 184 - INCREASE IN OUT OF TOWN PARTICIPANTS.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION...THE
DAY AFTER EARTH DAY
Weston Saturday, April 23, 2011, 8:30am-12:30pm
at the Department of Public Works, 78 Old Hyde Road. Any
to bring and how to pack if you plan to attend any of the HHW
DAYS...Where to find
another opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste
products this year, since it was school vacation again...photo at
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY 2010 A SUCCESS - DURING SCHOOL VACATION
WEEK THE TOWN EMPTIES OUT...35% SCHOOL FAMILIES (ABOUT WHAT WE WERE
'GOOD RIDDANCE DAY'
APRIL 24, 2010 AT D.P.W. 8:30am to 12:30pm
is a regional event, and the opening one in the 2010 series - City
Carting and Care Environmental Corps in charge along with staff of DPW.
Start gathering your household
waste products NOW...and we did!!! Lower turnout (170 plus
cars by 12:15pm) because it was scheduled for school vacation
week. If you missed it, there are more opportunities this
" G O O D R I D D A N C E
D A Y " APRIL 25, 2009 got @250 cars, 90% from Weston
few different views, in addition to this sub-page, of household
hazardous waste collections of yore.
- Chemist from disposal contractor Clean Harbor examines
some mysterious bottle of...what?
- Click on
here to find out where
in the 8 towns in SWRPA you can safely dispose of the hhw in Spring and
- Last car to ever participate in Regional HHW DAY as we have known it
for the past 9 event/years - will Weston be back to doing it with
Wilton in Wilton in October 2010 (cost then not in this year's budget,
nostalgia - remember these days?
- Remember when we did "Good Riddance
Day" in the high school parking lot by ourselves? Pictures in
black and white (when the FORUM only took black and white). The
Town has been doing "Good Riddance Day" since the administration of
former First Selectwoman Helen Speck, 1983-87. Her successor,
Hon. George C. Guidera carried on throughout his administration
(1987-1999). And his successor, Hal Shupack (1999-2001) began the
Regional arrangement. First Selectman Woody Bliss has continued
until this time, with change coming for the next event, as the regional
cooperative venture is changing.
Hazardous Waste Collection at DPW
Weston will 'green up'
Written by Kimberly Donnelly
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (from the web today)
Mother Nature has begun doing her part to “green up” the town, and so,
too, will Westonites this weekend.
Good Riddance Day (househould hazardous waste collection) and the 37th
annual Green Up Day, a communitywide town clean-up, are this Saturday,
April 25, rain or shine.
Kick-off for Green Up Day is at 9:45 a.m. at Norfield Congregational
Church. Collection bags and routing instructions will be issued by the
Kiwanis Club of Weston, which has been coordinating Green Up Day since
the death of the event’s founder, Millie Best, in 2004.
Ms. Best’s enduring commitment to the environment led her to establish
Green Up Day in Weston nearly four decades ago. It was to be one day in
late April when the community came together to pick up trash from the
What started as a Weston tradition became a statewide event when, in
1995, the governor of Connecticut declared the last Saturday of April
to be Green Up Day.
This year, more than 200 youths and adult volunteers are expected to
participate in Weston alone, including members of the Kiwanis Club, the
Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and the town’s Garden Club.
All Westonites are encouraged to chip in. Neighborhoods or streets may
organize roadside cleanups, or individuals may simply spend a few
minutes picking up trash or debris near their homes.
For those who are doing some spring cleaning inside their houses,
coinciding with Green-Up Day is the townwide Good Riddance Day, a
household hazardous waste collection from 8:30 to 12:30 at the
Department of Public Works garage on Old Hyde Road.
There is no charge for participation, but proof of residency will be
Many household items contain hazardous substances that pose health and
environmental risks. Improper disposal of certain household toxins can
contaminate well water, because unlike solids and bacteria, these
chemicals cannot be removed by the earth’s natural filtering process.
During Good Riddance Day, hazardous waste is sorted by category,
properly packed by a licensed hauler, and disposed of properly; hauling
and disposal of these wastes are regulated by the state Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP).
Among the items that will be accepted during Good Riddance Day are
acids, aerosols, antifreeze, disinfectants, drain openers, flea powder,
gasoline, transmission fluid, batteries, kerosene, oven cleaner,
oil-based paint, paint remover, paint thinner, stain, turpentine,
varnish, photo chemicals, rust and spot removers, and swimming pool
Mercury thermometers may be exchanged for non-mercury ones.
Motor oil and car batteries may be brought to the Weston transfer
station and left with the regular attendant.
Items that will not be accepted during hazardous waste collection are
latex paints; smoke detectors; pesticides containing dioxin, 2,4,5T and
its derivatives; etiologicals, kepone; pentachlorophenol; explosives;
gas cylinders; pathologicals; PCBs; radioactive materials; infectious
materials; and shock-sensitive materials.
A trained chemist will be on hand during the waste collection to answer
questions and advise what to do with items that cannot be accepted.
The Weston public works facility is on Old Hyde Road between Lord’s
Highway and Steephill Road.
For more information on Good Riddance Day, call 222-2656.
"Good Riddance" to noxious household
items, Weston Household Hazardous Waste Collection 2008 now history!
Did you miss
it? Here is the full schedule for the rest of
the year, with October 4, 2008 from 9am to 2pm at the
Westport-Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane, Westport and
October 25, 2008 at the Middlebrook School, 131 School Road, Wilton,
from 8:30am to 3pm popular venues for Westonites, too!
The rain held off and the sun
eventually came out as more than 200 cars made their way thru the
gauntlet in almost no time (at least when "About Town" was dropping off
stuff) @11:30am. The final breakdown will be posted here, but it
was reported that nothing unusual had surfaced this year, just the
usual items! But they were ready for a crowd (and if a comparison
with previous years is valid, 2008 was shaping up to be a normal
year with an hour remaining)!
first in the 2007 series...
report...we brought nickel-cadmium and lithium batteries in a small
box, which were deemed hazardous.
Not a beautiful day for Household
Hazardous Waste Collection April 28, 2007 - but it wasn't raining, it
the brand taste of Westonites has changed!
@ 12 noon, 205 cars, mostly
Westonites, who brought paints, pesticides and other usual
products. It was
interesting, but the line was just around the corner from the two-bay
deposit area when we first drove in. By the time we made it
around the corner of the DPW building, the line was as it appears
below, right. It seemed like a steady flow. Now, if you
missed this event in Weston, there will be others in the Spring
and Fall around the region - click here for the schedule: http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/HazardousWasteDays2007.pdf
This was a very efficient crew, with
numbers for us on the spot - DPW employees played a big part in keeping
the line moving!
Fair weather for "Good Riddance Day
2006" (Regional Household
Hazardous Waste) Collection!
Onion Barn announcement in advance,
plus "poison green flyer"
sent out to all residents by the Town of Weston brought more than 210
by 11:20am to D.P.W. on Old Hyde Road...FORUM reported 240 cars by the
DPW employees greeted all comers, popped trunks to give a preliminary
check (perhaps sending those who only brought latex paint to the
transfer station); at the time "About Town" arrived there was a
brief wait; by the end of the line a D.P.W. employee stands
cars taken two at a time; "still life" of
household hazardous waste items (r.).
Hazardous Waste Collection 2005 - Total @240 cars!
rained, but tht didn't keep people away!!!
With 180 cars counted by 11am (estimate from Clean Harbors
on site), and another 90 minutes to go, we were going for a
be close to our pace of last year (270 cars on a perfect, sunny
SHOWERS BROUGHT...EVEN MORE CARS WITH
"GOOD RIDDANCE" GIFTS!
Onion Barn sign announced event
to all, and Town of Weston mailing ("poison green" flyer) went out the
Clean Harbors crew does their thing,
and forklift helps out!!! When finished (some hours after the
closing time of 12:30pm), materials will have been sorted by chemists
shown in yellow apron, another in blue slicker--guys in white are also
qualified specialists in chemical science).