MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission understands this problem of hazardous wastes, those common household items which carry warnings about the dangers they pose and in 1986 pioneered a regional program to prevent injury and environmental pollution from household hazardous waste. Every year since then, the LRPC has coordinated annual household hazardous waste collections for communities throughout the region interested in participating in the shared collection program. This program employs a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved waste transporter which collects and safely disposes of household hazardous waste.
On Saturday July 26 and Saturday August 2, twenty-four communities will participate in one of the longest running and most successful household hazardous waste collection programs in New England. Four collection sites will be open each day from 8:30 a.m.. to noon (Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, and Meredith on July 26 and Bristol, Laconia, Moultonborough, and Ossipee on August 2). Residents and property owners in the 24 participating communities may bring up to ten gallons or 50 pounds of household hazardous products in for safe disposal.
The participating communities for the collection consist 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.
Information on collection sites and accepted materials can be found at http://www.lakesrpc.org/services_hhw.asp or by calling LRPC at 279-8171. Please note that latex paint is not considered a hazardous product.
It is never too early to start gathering waste for the collection; when opening up a summer camp, preparing to move to a new house, or just cleaning out the garage. This is a small but important step that everyone can do for their families and their community.