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State law prohibits disposal of “sharps” (lancets, needles, etc. used to puncture the skin) in household trash. The Town has drop-off kiosks at the Center at Punchard (the Senior Center) and the Public Safety Building. All sharps must be in an FDA approved red sharps container, no more than 3 quarts, before being placed into the kiosk.
For more information, view our Sharps Disposal Flyer.
Most household batteries are alkaline and can be put into the trash, but some require special handling as follows:
- Button Cell Batteries - Hearing aids, watches, etc. can be deposited in specially marked containers at Town Offices, the Municipal Services Facility at 5 Campanelli Drive, and other areas of town.
- Rechargeable Batteries -Small standard size lithium & rechargeable batteries (standard sizes) can be dropped off at the Health Division Office or at the Municipal Services Facility at 5 Campanelli Drive.
- Car Batteries - These dry cell batteries are not accepted by the Town; they can be dropped off at any local car repair establishment.
Anything containing mercury (thermostats, thermometers, mercury switches) can be delivered to the Health Division Office or at the Municipal Services Facility at 5 Campanelli Drive. Fluorescent light bulbs are not accepted. The Health Division has digital thermometers to exchange for mercury ones.