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Got Hazardous Waste?

Monthly collection happens this Sunday.

I have been trying to clean out my garage for several months now, but I just can’t seem to get motivated. Part of the problem, I’m sure, comes from not really knowing what to do with all the STUFF. I know I can repurpose some of the furniture, and donate the old sports equipment. But trying to figure out the rest of it is so overwhelming that I avoid it by just not even starting the task.

Crazy, I know, especially since there’s probably stuff that qualifies as hazardous waste in there, and I don’t have many more months to pull that together and get rid of it. Did you know that Concord’s curbside collection program includes hazardous waste disposal to subscribers? Here’s the deal: once a month, from April to November, the Minuteman Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 60 Hartwell Ave. in Lexington, is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for hazardous waste disposal. Subscribers to the Municipal Curbside Collection program are entitled to one free visit per year; to get their free pass, they simply need to contact Concord Public Works at 978-318-3240 before the actual day.

Why am I telling you this? Well, this month that day is this Sunday, Sept. 18. Most of the collection days are Saturdays, so it’s important to make note of this one. After this, the last two opportunities you’ll have are October 15 and November 5. If you’re not a subscriber, you can use the facility for a fee, which can range from $35-$60.

For a list of what the facility does and doesn’t take, as well as lots of other great info on hazardous waste disposal, check the town website. Now, go clean out your garage! (Oh, wait, I think that last sentence was directed at me.)

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