Londonderry is hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. On November 17, 2011, residents and locals can drop off unwanted and unused chemicals that would otherwise be thrown in the regular trash. Located on the LAFA fields, directly behind Londonderry Central Fire Station on Mammoth Road, the event will run from 9 AM until noon.
The collection day is funded by the New Hampshire Household Hazardous Waste Program. This program funds collection events year round and statewide and was put into place to raise awareness of the hazards certain chemicals may cause.
According to the EPA, Americans generate about 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste per year. The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of hazardous waste in basements, garages and closets. When placed in the regular garbage, the chemicals can interact and cause toxic gases, poisonings and even fires. If the chemicals make it to the landfill without reacting, the possibility of water and air pollution is still a great risk.
The New Hampshire Household Hazardous Waste Program encourages all residents to take advantage of this disposal opportunity. They also encourage consumers to choose safer, non-toxic alternative products.
Here is a complete list of substances that will be accepted during Saturday’s collection:
|From the Yard||From the Garage||From the House||From the Workbench|
|fertilizers with pesticides||acids||bathroom cleaner||brush cleaner|
|insect spray||car waxes/polishes||furniture polish||oil based paints/stains|
|lighter fluid||creosote||metal polish||rust preventative|
|pest strips/traps||driveway sealer||mothballs||solvents|
|pesticides||flea powder||oven cleaner||thinner/turpentine|
|poisons||gasoline||photo chemicals||wood preservatives|
|pool chemicals||radiator flush||rug cleaner||wood stripper|
Items that WILL NOT be accepted are batteries, latex paints, explosives, radioactive and infectious chemicals, ammunition, fluorescent bulbs, used oil, and asbestos. For more information, contact Donna Limoli of the Department of Public Works and Engineering at 432-1100 extension 139 or DLimoli(at)LondonderryNH.org.