MEREDITH — This past Saturday about 700 households from around the Lakes Region took advantage of the first collection day of the Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste collections.
For those who missed last weekend's collection, the second of these events will be held Saturday morning, August 3 in Bristol, Center Ossipee, Laconia, and Moultonborough from 8:30 a.,. to noon.
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 up to 10 gallons or 50 pounds of their hazardous waste products to any one of the collection sites.
Hazardous materials that will be accepted include oil-based paints, most household cleaners, transmission fluids, pool chemicals, and lawn and garden products. If unsure, look for the words "poison", "danger", "warning", and "caution". Items that will not be accepted include: latex paints, propane tanks, tires, ammunition, and alkaline batteries. If you cannot give away your latex paint, allow it to dry out then it may safely go in with the household trash. Alkaline batteries are now manufactured so as to be less toxic than they used to be and they can be placed in the trash. Check your local transfer station or trash hauler for proper disposal of other items. There will be a swap table at the Laconia site where you may find reusable paints, stains, and cleaners.