Cars snaked Saturday from the beach area, through Veterans Park and to a point along Reef Road near the mouth of One Rod Highway. But the attraction was a late-summer festival, concert or ball game but the town’s annual household hazardous waste collection.

A stretch of tables and tents lined the western edge of Veterans Park, where the checking, emptying, pouring, wrapping and disposing of the hazardous materials took place.

Potentially harmful chemicals and supplies that had accumulated in storage sheds, garages and basements were dropped off as CleanHarbors employees in protective white Tyvek suits emptied load after load and carried materials to other workers for final processing. Some of the workers even wore respirators and face shields while handling the most dangerous materials.

In all, a clean sweep for a cleaner environment in town.