MEREDITH — This year, twenty-four Lakes Region communities have pooled their resources to participate in the annual Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collections program to ensure proper and safe disposal of unwanted hazardous products.
On Saturday, July 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, collections will be held in Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, and Meredith.
On Saturday, August 3, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, collections will be held in Bristol, Center Ossipee, Laconia, and Moultonborough.
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, and Tilton are eligible and encouraged to bring their hazardous waste products to the participating facility that is most convenient.
Please note: to be assured of disposal, do not wait to come at the last minute; in the rare case that a site fills up or exceeds its budget, the gates may be closed before noon.
When bringing hazardous material to the collection facility, please be advised that the quantity of hazardous waste accepted from each household is limited to 10 gallons or 50 pounds. Products should be kept in their original container with the lid tightly secured. If there is a leak in the container, place it in a larger container and add an absorbent substance such as cat litter or paint hardener (available at your local hardware store).
To ensure safe transport, products should be placed in a cardboard box in the trunk. Items that will not be accepted include: latex paint, propane tanks, tires, and alkaline batteries. Check with your local transfer station or waste hauler for proper disposal of these items.
All participants will be asked to complete a brief survey before proceeding to the drop-off area; those wishing to complete the survey in advance can download a copy at http://www.lakesrpc.org/hhw/Survey_2013.pdf.
Please remain in the vehicle at all times, for safety's sake.
If heading to Laconia's Public Works Garage for drop-off, check out their Swap Table after dropping off your hazardous products. Here participants can pick up an item for reuse that has been verified by a certified chemist. This is a great way of using up hazardous products and diverting them from the waste stream.
This annual collection process was initiated by the Lakes Region Planning Commission more than twenty-five years ago. In the past three years, more than 58,000 gallons of hazardous waste have been collected from more than 5,000 Lakes Region households.
For a more comprehensive list of acceptable and non-acceptable items as well as maps and directions to each of the collection sites, please visit: http://www.lakesrpc.org/services_hhw.asp. If you have further questions, call the Lakes Region Planning Commission office at 279-8171.