MEREDITH — This summer, nearly 1,700 Lakes Region households dropped off a total of 58,377 pounds of hazardous products during Household Hazardous Waste collection days.

The collection, spearheaded by the Lakes Region Planning Commission, aims to protect drinking water and the environment. Collections on July 28 and Aug. 4 posted lower numbers than the past four years, some of which the Planning Commission attributes to the heavy rains that fell during the August collection.

The Planning Commission worked with 25 member communities which pooled their resources, assisted by a small grant from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Resources. Volunteers and municipal employees assisted with surveys, traffic control, unloading some materials, and organizing and publicizing the collections.

Hazardous materials collected included oil-based paints, lawn and garden products, household cleaners, automotive fluids, and pool chemicals.

There will be hazardous waste collections at the Lakes Region Household Hazardous Product Facility in Wolfeboro on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. There will be a small fee to cover the cost of disposal.

For details, call 603-569-5826 or 603-651-7530.

Learn more about hazardous household products and how to reduce their use by visiting the “Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste – HHW” Facebook page or the LRPC website, http://www.lakesrpc.org/serviceshhw.asp, or call 603-279-5341.

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