Smithtown Town officials say roughly 44 tons of hazardous waste has been safely from residents' homes.
More than 400 families across the Town of Smithtown area participated in the town's Household Hazardous Waste Collected Event last Saturday at the Town Municipal Services Facility in Kings Park.
People dropped off roughly 88,490 pounds of hazardous materials including banned pesticides, liquid mercury, waste oil based paints, paint thinners, waste gases and more.
"The household hazardous waste collection event has been a real success. Participating in a household hazardous waste event allows people to safely dispose of old chemicals. It also heightens awareness that not everything offered for sale is a good thing to have and use around the house," said Supervisor Patrick Vecchio. "We should all try to minimize or avoid buying toxic products in the first place."
The event was conducted for the town by Care Environmental Corp., based in Landing, N.J., who won the bid through a highly competitive and bid process. It cost the town $11,900 to dispose of the waste.