In 2007, the city of Norwalk held its first household hazardous waste collection. By every measure it was a great success. A total of 726 vehicles came through the line with various hazardous materials for disposal. Hazardous waste consists of all those items that the sanitation department can't take in its regular pickup, items such as paint, pesticides, fertilizer, propane, florescent bulbs, and motor oil. The largest substance was bulk paint, with 49,567 pounds of paint collected. A total of 66,850 pounds of waste was collected, with 98.3% of that total being recycled. Only 206 pounds of the waste ended up in a landfill.
"I think the people of Norwalk did themselves proud," Safety Service Director Dale Sheppard said. "From the numbers, I can see that our residents take recycling very seriously. Most of the material collected could have been disposed of improperly, but it wasn't. Our residents held on to the paint, thinners, gasoline and oil until a proper disposal method was provided and then they utilized the program."