Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program
Got Haz Waste? Bring it in! 

Part of this material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture.* Lakes Region Planning Commission is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

Use the slideshow below to read information about our HHW program, including details about who can participate, what items we accept, and COVID-19 precautions for the 2021 Collections OR download and print a complete list of HHW FAQ's here (includes COVID-19 precautions).



     HELPFUL LINKS
 
   
  • ELECTRONICS (E-WASTE):
    • Electronic/Appliance repairs - a list of places to repair, sell, and dispose of your household electronics and appliances
      • ​Interactive Google Map with these locations can be found HERE.
    • E-Waste Brochure
    • We DO NOT accept electronics at our annual HHW collections
 


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 HHW collection site?
The items below are common hazardous products used in the home and garage. These items can be brought to a HHW collection site for safe disposal.

 
Click the links below for more information about specific products from the:
HOUSE
drain cleaners
oven cleaners
metal polish
arts & craft
supplies paint
photo chemicals
floor cleaners
dry cleaning fluids
fluorescent
light bulbs
 
(including compact bulbs)

BROKEN BULB
CLEANUP
YARD & GARDEN
pesticides
herbicides
insect sprays
rodent killers
pool chemicals
muriatic acid
pest control strips
cesspool cleaners
WORKBENCH
rust preventatives
wood preservatives & wood strippers
oil-based paint
paint thinner
solvents
sealants
old chemistry kits
GARAGE
motor oil
radiator cleaners
antifreeze
brake fluid
car batteries
engine & radiator flushes
gasoline
degreasers
transmission fluid
 


NOTE:
Many transfer stations take Universal Wastes year round (batteries, fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil, antifreeze). Check with your local facility! 

UNACCEPTED ITEMS: We DO NOT take the following items at our annual HHW collection. Click on the item to find alternate disposal options:
  • Asbestos
  • Thermostats - click the link to view information on specific state mercury thermostat laws and collection programs.
  • Propane Tanks - some local transfer stations accept tanks for a fee
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Unused Medicine
  • Tires
  • Electronicsmost transfer stations accept electronics and appliances for a fee
    • ​The hyperlink above is to our interactive Google Map listing the fee structure for transfer stations in the Lakes Region (as of April 2020)

Non-Toxic Product Alternatives

Additional HHW Disposal Options
 

If by chance you missed, or cannot wait until our regional HHW collections there are other disposal options throughout the year:
         

  • Goffstown Dept. of Public Works accepts hazardous waste, year-round, by appointment. 
    • As of August 2020, Goffstown will NOT be accepting HHW until further notice                                  
  • Keene HHW Collections allows residents from non-participating communities to dispose of hazardous waste for a fee (up to 50 gallons). There are 12 collections scheduled between March and June 2021.                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Pemi-Baker Solid Waste District allows non-district residents to drop off HHW for a fee ($25 for every 5-gallons or 20 pounds of waste)
    • Contact the North Country Council for more info by calling (603) 444-6303 or emailing info@nccouncil.org                                                                                                                                      
  • Lakes Region Household Hazardous Product Facility (LRHHPF) accepts HHW every 3rd Saturday May-October from 8:30AM-Noon.
    • There is a customer disposal fee of $45 for every 5 gallons of waste
    • Questions? Contact Sarah Silk (Site Coordinator) by phone (603) 651-7530 or email sms@metrocast.net                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC) allows non-residents and businesses to dispose of their waste for a fee. Anyone (homeowners and businesses) with 25 gallons or more MUST pre-register.
                                                   
HHW Event Results
 
The numbers are in, our 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Collection went great!
This year, we served nearly 1,600 vehicles and diverted more than 60,000 pounds of HHW from potentially ending up in our waterways.
Thank you to all our workers and volunteers for making this event successful.

Total HHW collected in 2019
 
                                            


       
 
 
Additional Resource Links - (alphabetical)
*Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Service.