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Smithtown collects nearly 14 tons of waste

Nearly 14 tons of hazardous waste were turned in by Smithtown homeowners at a recent waste collection drive in Kings Park.

Residents brought gasoline, oil-based paints, pesticides, flammable solids and paint thinner to the Municipal Services Facility on Old Northport Road last week, the town said in a news release.

The waste was collected by Radiac Envrionmental Services of Brooklyn, which worked under a town contract to dispose of the material.

The cost to the town was $23,905, of which $6,380 will be reimbursed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the town said.

The town said 365 families brought 27,600 pounds of waste to the collection.

“We should all try to minimize or avoid buying toxic products in the first place,” Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said in a statement.

Among the items collected were waste gases, petroleum distillates, liquid and solid oxidizers, sodium and potassium nitrates, acids, corrosives, herbicides, lacquers and toxic compounds, the town said.

The town will hold another hazardous waste collection next spring.

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