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Newtown’s Public Works Department will participate in its inaugural Fill A Public Works Truck Food Drive during National Public Works Week.
While the observation will run May 20-26, Newtown will kick off that week with its food drive on Saturday, May 19, from 9 am to 2 pm, coinciding with a Hazardous Household Waste Event that day at its Turkey Hill Road facility.
Town employees are asking for donations to fill the Salvation Army Food Pantry at Newtown Social Services.
Suggestions include canned spaghetti, canned tuna, cereal, individually wrapped snacks (a box of individually wrapped snacks are fine; social workers can open the box and disburse snacks), jelly, paper towels, peanut butter, personal care items (deodorant, shampoo, soap, tampons, etc), and toilet paper.
For additional information or donation suggestions, contact Newtown Social Services at 203-270-4330.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
At the same time, residents of Newtown, Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Redding, and Ridgefield are invited to participate in the annual Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day, also taking place at the Public Works garage from 9 am until 2 pm.
Items that cannot be turned in at transfer stations will be accepted, including paints, stains, varnishes, thinners, rug and upholstery cleaners, oven cleaners, swimming pool chemicals, mothballs, dry cleaning solvents, waste fuels, rubber cement, thermostats, and thermometers to the garage for proper disposal. A complete list of accepted items can be found at hrra.org/household-hazardous-waste.
Do not bring ammunition, antifreeze, auto batteries, controlled substances, electronics, empty aerosol cans, explosives, fireworks, household batteries, motor oil, pathological material, PCB capacitors, radioactive materials, smoke detectors, tires, unknown gases.
Empty aerosol cans and household batteries can be put into household garbage collection. Motor oil and antifreeze can be dropped off at the transfer station. Contact the police for proper disposal of ammunition, fireworks, and explosives.
Pharmaceuticals or medical wastes can be dropped in the anonymous collection container at Newtown Police Department, 3 Main Street.
Residents who cannot attend the May 19 event will be allowed to drop off items during the September 29 HRRA event taking place in Danbury.
Newtown’s Public Works Department will participate in its inaugural Fill A Public Works Truck Food Drive during National Public Works Week. While the observation will run May 20-26, Newtown will kick off that week with its food drive on Saturday, May 19, from 9 am to 2 pm, coinciding with a Hazardous Household Waste Event that day at its Turkey Hill Road facility. Newtown Social Services caseworker Jacqueline Watson, upper left, was joined on April 30 by Public Works employees, continuing clockwise, Eileen Ratcliffe, Dave Ferraro, Anthony Capozziello, Jeff Thomas, and Director Fred Hurley to show some examples of the donations coordinators are hoping will fill a truck on may 19. Donations will be sent to the Salvation Army Food Pantry at Newtown Social Services.
—Bee Photo, Hicks