Commercial Hazardous Waste

Commercial Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment. It can be liquids, solids, contained gases, or sludges. They can be by-products of manufacturing processes or simply discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides.

Commercial generated hazardous waste, such as discarded florescent lights, unused or leftover pesticides and fertilizers pose a significant threat to the environment. Therefore, they CANNOT be placed in your dumpster. Local, state, and federal regulations require that all hazardous waste be properly disposed of. Consult your city or town for up-to-date collection sites and dates in your area.

Per CT the Department Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP): “Small businesses are frequently unaware of the responsibilities for managing their hazardous wastes. Many dispose of paints, fluorescent lights, pesticides and other harmful chemicals in the garbage or by pouring them down the drain. By law, these businesses must make a determination if their wastes are hazardous and are prohibited from disposing of any hazardous wastes in the regular garbage. Contracting with a licensed hazardous waste disposal facility can be expensive for a small business. Recent changes in the state’s solid waste regulations allow many small businesses, known as conditionally exempt small quantity generators, (CESQGs) to bring their hazardous waste to household hazardous waste (HHW) collections. HHW collections typically take place on Saturdays in the Spring and Fall. These programs take in hazardous wastes such as oil-based paints, pesticides, fertilizers, thinners, acids, mercury, gasoline and other household chemicals. CESQGs frequently generate similar hazardous wastes.”

For more information about small business hazardous Waste disposal visit The Department Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) website at:

Additional Resources

For national information, go to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

For information on The Metropolitan District’s (MDC) Household Hazardous Waste Collection

For a list of Commercial Hazardous Waste and Non-Hazardous Waste Facilities visit the DEEP website at:


The health and safety of our employees and their families is of utmost importance to our company.  As the impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve, our company’s attention falls directly on the safety and wellbeing of our employees, families, and the communities we live and work in. 


Based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) recommendations & an abundance of caution, employee safety, and heightened concern surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, the following Paine’s services will have minor impacts until further notice.


  • Residential trash WILL be collected weekly (Be sure it is bagged within the cart) and recycling WILL be collected bi-weekly at the curb. No additional bags of trash or recycling will be collected outside of the cart. Additional trash carts are available for a fee.
  • Commercial trash and recycling WILL be collected. No additional bags of trash or recycling will be collected outside of the dumpster.
  • Bulk waste pick-up and dumpster deliveries & collections WILL continue. 


A special thank you to all our staff for their hard work during this confusing time. We appreciate every one of you! Thank you to all our customers for your patience as we navigate our way through this unprecedented health emergency. Paine’s will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.