WESTPORT — Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced that the town will host its Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport/Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane.

Collection will occur rain or shine. Westport’s Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day is a NO CHARGE regional program designed to provide a safe option to keep household hazardous wastes out of the solid waste stream and protect land and water from potential contamination.

Many of the things used around the house on a daily basis are considered to be household hazardous waste because they may contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients. Products such as oil based paints, cleaners, oils and pesticides can pollute the environment and jeopardize public health when they are disposed of improperly and enter groundwater or the solid waste stream.

Before bringing hazardous household items to the collection site, make sure items are clearly labeled. NEVER MIX CHEMICALS as incompatible products may react, ignite or explode, and mixed waste may become unrecyclable. Keep products in original labeled containers. Place leaky containers in clear plastic bags. Tighten lids of all containers and pack items in sturdy cardboard boxes lined with newspaper. Put boxes in the trunk or in the back of the vehicle away from passengers. Leave pets and children home when bringing hazardous materials for collection. Keep your windows open and drive directly to the collection site. Do not smoke.

Public Works Department officials outlined areas of a household and the types of typical chemicals that may be found as follows:

Garage: degreasers, gasoline, kerosene, mineral spirits, oil-based paints, paint strippers, paint thinners, solvents, stains, turpentine, varnishes, wood preservatives, etc.

Garden shed: fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, etc.

General household: bleach, charcoal lighter, cleaning chemicals, drain cleaners, flammable liquids, mercury thermometers, moth balls, pet flea shampoos, photo chemicals, rug shampoos, spot removers, etc.

The following items can be recycled at the transfer station on the Sherwood Island Connector during normal operating hours: antifreeze, motor oil, batteries of any type. Fluorescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, smoke detectors and electronics.

The following items are not acceptable: ammunition, flares, commercial hazardous waste.

If you have any questions, contact the Westport Public Works Department at 203-341-1120.

Kings Highway North Historic District Walking Tour hosted by Westport Historical Society

Edward F. Gerber, Past President of the Historical Society, will host a walking tour of the Kings Highway North Historic District Saturday, September 24 at 3 pm. The tour will be an opportunity for history buffs to learn about one of the town’s oldest settled areas, some homes of which date to the mid-1700s. “I will talk about the fact that Kings Highway is a historic district and what that means,” said Gerber. “We will tour one of the oldest houses in the district and the only house designed by Westport Architect Frazier Forman Peters whose owners will describe their house and garden renovations.

Gerber said he will talk about the style of the houses and the fact that, although they were built from the early 1700s to the mid-1900s, “you can’t tell the later houses from the older ones. The architects did a good job of blending old and new.”

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is located at 21 Imperial Avenue. For Further information, or to register for activities, please call 203-341-5099 or visit us at www.westportct.gov/seniorcenter or on Face Book at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.