NORTH READING The town is holding a household hazardous waste collection and a special waste collection day on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Richard Spindler DPW Complex, 166 Chestnut St., from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the DPW office at 978-357-5260. Proof of residency is required as this event is limited to North Reading residents only.

What to bring?

The following items will be collected at no charge:

From the workbench: oil-based paints (no latex paint), stains and varnishes, paint strippers/thinners, solvents/adhesives, wood preservatives.

From the garage: car batteries, waste oils, fuels/gasoline/kerosene, brake fluid/carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, antifreeze, engine degreaser, car wax/polishes, driveway sealer, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals, lighter fluid, scrap metal.

From the yard: pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers, weed killers.

From the house: fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats, moth balls, glues, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry sets, polishes (furniture, floor, metal), household cleaners (oven, drain, toilet bowl, spot remover, rug/upholstery).

How can I safely transport these hazardous materials? Leave materials in original containers whenever possible, tighten caps and lids, sort and pack separately (oil paint, pesticides and household products), pack containers in sturdy upright boxes, pack your car and drive directly to the site.

Never mix chemicals and never smoke while handling hazardous materials.

Fees for propane tanks, tires

A fee will be charged for the disposal of propane tanks and tires as follows:

Propane tanks: spuds $15 (under 20 lbs.); gas grill size (20 lbs) $25.

Tires: automobile, motorcycle, bicycle $3; truck tires (starting at 17.5”) $20; OTR/Loader: $200

Compost Center open

The Compost Center will be open for leaves and grass clippings on this collection day as well.