Household Hazardous Waste Collection

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The Capital Region East Operating Committee (CREOC) provides for Household Hazardous Waste Collection services using Tradebe Environmental Services as the contractored operator eight member Towns located east of the Connecticut River. (Click here for list of member Towns below).

2023 CREOC HHW Collection Events in Manchester, CT at the regional HHW facility:

  • Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • Saturday, April 15, 2023
  • Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • Saturday, June 17, 2023
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2023 - 3pm to 7pm (evening event)
  • Saturday, August 19, 2023
  • Saturday, September 16, 2023
  • Saturday, October 21, 2023
  • Saturday, November 18, 2023

See HHW Postcard for more details(PDF, 249KB)

Time: All collections are held on Saturdays mornings from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Please arrive by 1:00 pm, all cars in line as of 1:00 pm will be serviced. Cars arriving after 1:00 pm will not be serviced.

2023 Fall Outreach Collection: Saturday, September 30th, 2023 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm -  Somers Highschool, 5 Vision Boulevard (Somers, CT).

The annual HHW Collection "Save the Date" postcard is mailed every March; please hold onto it, we only send one mailer in the spring for the entire calendar year, there is no fall mailer sent, only the annual spring post card.

Locations and Directions

Manchester Location: 321 Olcott Street, Manchester (Exit 1 from 384, follow Spencer Street for 0.9 miles. Turn left on Olcott Street. Follow signs to Facility.)

Stafford Location: 210 East Street, (Route 19) Stafford, CT. This is the Stafford Highway Department garage.

Somers Location: 5 Vision Blvd., Somers, CT. The parking lot next to the Somers High School. Follow the signs.

Virtually all households have some household hazardous waste (HHW). HHW is generally defined as a household waste that is toxic, flammable, reactive or corrosive. Common HHW includes oil-based paints, thinners, pool chemicals, pesticides, mercury fever thermometers, and gasoline. Household hazardous waste collection programs provide an opportunity to manage these wastes in an environmentally safe manner and dispose of all those nasty items we tend to accumulate in our kitchens, basements, garages, sheds, and workshops.. Since the first collection in 1984 in Ridgefield, HHW programs have grown dramatically. Collections are available for nearly every resident, and on average, over 30,000 state residents participate in a HHW collection each year.

Manchester is the home of a regional center for household hazardous waste collection. This center, built with grant funding from the Department of Environmental Protection, is operated by the Capitol Region East Operating Committee (CREOC) adjacent to the Manchester Landfill on Olcott Street. Residents of Glastonbury, Hebron, Marlborough, Somers, South Windsor, Stafford, and Vernon are also able to use the Center. The Center is staffed by trained professionals from a licensed hazardous waste management firm. There is no charge to any resident of any of the particiating towns listed above to use the center.

A list of acceptable and unacceptable items for these HHW collection events can be found below.

Please click here to for a list of what to bring and what should be left at home:


This is your opportunity to safely dispose of paints, stains, acids, automotive fluids, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals, household cleaning products, and other household hazardous materials which may have accumulated at your home, in your basement, or garage.


DO NOT BRING in used/waste motor oil or antifreeze. These are NOT hazardous waste. They can be brought to your Town's Transfer Station and/or certain automotive stores. More information can be found on the CT DEEP website if your Town does not have a Transfer Station or offer collection for these fluids.

CTDEEP Guide: What Do I Do With .... ? A Resident's Management Guide For Those Not-So-Common Household Items


The State of Connecticut is one of eight states covered by PaintCarePaintCare is a non-profit organiztion created by the American Coatings Association to manage the industry's various paint recycling programs. All residents and businesses in Connecticut are able to recycle eligbile paints and stains at participating paint take back locations. The closest participating locations for Manchester residents are the Sherwin-Williams paint stores located in Manchester and East Hartford. Please note at this time most Sherwin Williams stores have a 5 container limit for recycling unwanted paints/stains per visit; contact each store directly to confirm their take back program policies. PaintCare also has a convenient look up tool on their website for other take back locations in Connecticut.

257 Broad St.
Manchester, CT 06040
Phone: 860-643-6636

100 Tolland Tpke.
Manchester, CT 06042
Phone: 860-533-9548

275 Park Ave.
East Hartford, CT 06108
Phone: 860-289-0814

Click here for more information on the Paintcare program, including what types of paints are acceptable and other program details. You may also contact Laura Honis, Connecticut Program Manager, or by phone at (203) 747-4494.


At each collection mercury medical thermometers will be collected. HELP KEEP MERCURY OUT OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND BRING YOUR MERCURY THERMOMETER FOR SAFE DISPOSAL!


The Manchester Police Department collects unwanted prescription medications in a permanent collection container located at the Police Department at 239 Middle Turnpike East. Click here(PDF, 41KB) to learn more about their program for unwanted drugs.


CT DEEP Links:
CTDEEP Guide to Household Alternatives for a Safer Environment