Household Hazardous Waste Program
Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) come from everyday products used in the home, yard, or garden. By definition, they are corrosive, flammable, toxic, or reactive. Oil-based paints, solvents, auto products, antifreeze, pesticides, mixed gas, and household cleaners are just a few examples. NRPC holds HHW Collections to allow residents to properly dispose of these products.
When hazardous waste is improperly disposed of — in the trash, on the ground, down the sink, or into a storm drain — it poses a threat to water quality, human health, and wildlife. Household toxins may also injure humans and animals if they are exposed to these chemicals due to careless storage and handling.
Improperly handled electronic waste can pose human and environmental risk of exposure to lead and mercury. Furthermore, electronics can be recycled for valuable metal, plastic, and glass. For these reasons, New Hampshire is taking steps to keep certain electronics out of the solid waste stream. The disposal of video display devices in solid waste landfills or incinerators is prohibited under RSA 149-M:4.