Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Got Waste?  Bring it in!
Lakes Region HHW Collections 2019 — July 27 & August 3

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Our Mission:

To provide residents and communities with the best information possible for making decisions regarding the purchase and disposal of materials that are harmful to the Lakes Region environment. For more than 20 years LRPC has coordinated regional HHW collections at various locations in the region.

Frequently Asked Questions:

    Who can bring Household Hazardous Products to these collections?:

Residents and taxpayers of Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, Tilton and Tuftonboro are eligible and encouraged to bring their hazardous waste products to any of the collection sites.

    What is household hazardous waste?:

Hazardous Waste in the Home!
Many common products used in the home, garden, lawn, and garage are considered hazardous. If a product is flammable, reactive, or explosive when mixed with other substances, or is corrosive or toxic, then it is considered hazardous. Read the label! Products containing hazardous material should say "poison", "toxic", or "danger". For more information visit NH DES, Household Hazardous Waste Program webpage.

    I own a small business in the Lakes Region and have some materials to get rid of. Can I bring them to these collections?

NO. These collections are strictly for residential wastes. Small businesses do have a disposal option in the Lakes Region. Contact the Lakes Region Household Hazardous Product Facility (LRHHPF), they can help you with disposal and all necessary paperwork.

     Will you take any materials?

NOThere are some products that we cannot take, such as:
  • Latex Paint
  • Medicine
    • We will not be collecting unused medications at these collections. there are several options for disposal now available to folks in the Lakes Region:
  • Electronics
    • We will not be accepting e-waste as part of this collection *
    • Most Lakes Region communities accept e-waste at their transfer stations for a fee.
    • A few electronics stores will also take back electronics
    • *The town of Belmont supports a one day e-waste collection in conjunction with the Lakes Region HHW collection at the Belmont site. Proof of residence is required.

Common Household Hazardous Waste
How we dispose of common household products depends on the product's contents and its toxicity to people, animals, and the environment. Some material, if entirely used, can be placed in the landfill, other items can be recycled, but the majority should be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Site.

Visit NH DES for specific information regarding paintbatteriestvs and monitorsfluorescent bulbsmercury devicessmoke detectors (updated), and thermostats.

    What can I bring to a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection site?
The items below are common hazardous products used in the home. These items can be brought to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site for safe disposal.

Click links for more information about specific products:
From the house:
drain cleaners
oven cleaners
metal polish
arts and craft supplies
photo chemicals
floor cleaners
dry cleaning fluids
fluorescent light bulbs (including compact bulbs)
Broken fluorescent light bulb cleanup procedures
From the yard & garden:
insect sprays
rodent killers
pool chemicals
muriatic acid
pest control strips
cesspool cleaners
From the workbench:
rust preventatives
wood preservatives and strippers
oil-based paint
paint thinner
old chemistry kits
From the garage:
used motor oil
radiator cleaners
brake fluid
old car batteries
engine & radiator flushes
transmission fluid

Many transfer stations will take Universal Wastes, such as batteries, fluorescent bulbs, used oil, and antifreeze year round. Check with your local facility! 
  • Information Presentations are available:
    • If a group, association, or business would like a information presentation done about the harmfulness of HHW and the non-toxic alternatives; contact Erin Daley or David Jeffers at (603)279-5341. To learn more click, on the link below.  
Upcoming Events:

If by chance you can't wait for the Household Hazardous Waste Collections here are other options for disposal:

Note: A fee is charged to the customer to help defray the costs of disposal
Recent Events:
The numbers are in, our Household Hazardous Waste Collection went great this year! We had a record amount of vehicles and served nearly 2,000 Lakes Region Households. Thank you to our 85 workers and volunteers for making this event successful.
HHW Data - Pounds of Materials Collected in 2018




 LRPC HHW Program Impact: 
Created by: Paige Wilson, Solid Waste Management Intern

 Additional Links to Hazardous Waste Information: