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Trash, Hazardous Waste, Paving Schedules Outlined

DPW will be closed on Labor Day.

Mayor George Apel on Friday issued news releases reminding residents of upcoming road work and collection schedules.

• Road Work - Cold Spring Drive and Welles Road

Cold Spring Drive and Welles Road are scheduled to be paved on Aug. 29 and 30. The roads will not be closed but there may be delays.

• Labor Day Schedule

The Vernon Public Works Department will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. Trash and recycling will not be collected on that day but instead will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 4, along with that day’s normal trash and recycling collection.

The Transfer Station will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 2.

• 2012 Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

Vernon residents may dispose of hazardous waste at the Olcott Street facility in Manchester. 

The remaining dates for 2012 are: Sept. 8 and 22, and October 27. Stafford will be offering collection at the Public Works Garage, 210 East St. (Route 19), on Oct. 13. All collections are offered  on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The following items will not be accepted: asbestos, smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks, explosives and fire extinguishers.  Motor oil and antifreeze may be disposed of at the Transfer Station free of charge.

The drop-off is free to Vernon residents but the Town is billed $42 per participating vehicle, therefore, it is requested that residents bring as many hazardous materials as possible to the collection site, possibly car-pooling with neighbors.

Martin C. Evensen August 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
At $42.00 a car, what is the estimated cost of this collection to the town of Vernon? It seems to me that the geniuses that run this town could come up with a less expensive way to do this if they really cared about the way they spend our tax dollars. Trash and recycling are picked up every week. Why can't the town scheduled a hazardous materials monthly or bi-monthly. All that it might require is a suitable vehicle and two people. I'm willing to bet that there are people willing and able to do this a no cost to the town of Vernon. Volunteers are the most valuable and negleted resource this town has. Martin C. Evensen
Vernon Taxpayer August 19, 2012 at 08:21 PM
It's not that easy to rid ourselves of hazardous waste. There are many guidelines to follow and even classes and certifications. There is a lesson in all we do. Unfortunately this would not be a situation in which volunteers could help. I am sure the cost of this program has been looked at many times. But if you check the following websites you will see that every town in the state is faced with the same problem. http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2718&q=325448 http://www.vernon-ct.gov/files/Public_Works/2012%20HAZARDOUS%20WASTE.pdf
meowkats4 August 20, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I don't get the part it's free but the Town has to pay $42.00 a car load if its from Vernon Residents!! Does this money go to the town of Manchester? Is this a one time a year of $42.00 (you get a sticker to put on your vehicle)? or is this each time someone goes with Hazardous waste?

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