Accepted Items

Please pack your materials carefully!  Do not mix different chemicals together.  Make sure containers are not leaking.

  • Fluorescent Tubes & Bulbs--click for pricing on 2-8ft fluorescent bulbs & LED bulbs.  Fluorescent bulbs are universal waste and some transfer stations accept these items from their residents. Please check here to determine if you can recycle them at your local transfer station instead of bringing them to a HHW collection.   
  • Household Batteries--we do NOT accept automotive batteries.  Read our Battery Guide to learn which batteries are accepted. Please check here to determine if you can recycle certain batteries at your local transfer station or click here to find a battery recycling location near you. 
  • Oil-based Paint & other finishes--stains, lacquer, shellac, urethane, varnish, wood preservatives.  We do NOT accept latex paint. 
  • Lead Paint
  • Solvents & Thinners--paint thinner, acetone, brush cleaner, mineral spirits, strippers 
  • Automotive Products--brake & transmission fluids, car wax. We do NOT accept automotive batteries.
  • Antifreeze--antifreeze is a universal waste and some transfer stations accept antifreeze from their residents. Please check here to determine if you can recycle antifreeze at your local transfer station instead of bringing it to a HHW collection  
  • Fuels--gasoline, kerosene, camping fuel, butane, lamp oil, used cooking oil
  • Cleaning Solutions--ammonia, bleach, all purpose cleaners, metal polishes, oven cleaner, drain cleaner
  • Pesticides & other Garden Chemicals--fertilizer, weed killer, rodent killers 
  • Adhesives--glue, caulk, solvent-based cement & silicone 
  • Photo Chemicals--photo fix, developer
  • Pool Chemicals 
  • Aerosols--spray paint, over cleaner
  • Mercury Containing Devices--thermostats, thermometers, switches.  Please check here to determine if you can recycle mercury devices at your local transfer station instead of bringing them to a HHW collection 
  • Driveway Sealer
  • Creosote--liquid only, no wood or other materials covered in creosote 

 

Prohibited Items

Electronics
Due to fluctuations in the recycling market, we are suspending our electronics recycling program until further notice.  Please contact your local transfer station or landfill for information about how to recycle electronics in your municipality.  

Latex Paint
Latex paint is not accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collections.  Click here for information on disposing of latex paint.

Fire Extinguishers
Return free of charge to ASAP Fire Company, 90 Progress Avenue, Tyngsboro MA 01879, phone: 978-649-4945

Ionizing Smoke Detectors
Ionizing smoke detectors contain radioactive material and must be returned to the manufacturer.
Smoke Detector Manufacturer Mailing List

Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Most carbon monoxide detectors do not contain radioactive material and can be put in the trash after removing the battery.

Radioactive Compounds
Consult the manufacturer.

Used Oil
As long as the oil is not mixed with anything else, you can bring it to your local transfer station or a participating store.

Auto Batteries
The municipalities of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Litchfield, Merrimack, Nashua, Pelham, and Windham accept auto batteries from their residents at their transfer stations or landfills. Auto batteries can also be recycled at a participating store.

Propane Tanks & Compressed Gas Cylinders 
The municipalities of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Nashua, Pelham, and Windham accept propane tanks from their residents at their transfer stations or landfills. Check with your local municipality to see if there are any restrictions on the size of propane tanks that are accepted.

Explosives & Shock Sensitive Materials 
Call 911 immediately if you realize that you have explosive chemicals in your home. Do not attempt to move or transport them.  They can blow up from simply being handled.

Wood or other materials covered in Creosote
Contact your local landfill or transfer station.  

Asbestos
Nashua residents--bring to landfill.  All other residents--see NH DES List of licensed contractors

Medications
Do NOT flush medications! 

Many local police stations provide drop boxes for the public to dispose of unwanted prescription medications. Most are open to anyone, not just residents of that community. If you have questions about using the prescription drug disposal boxes, please contact the local police station.

Amherst—Prescription Drug Disposal Box located in Police Station lobby; for more details click here

Hollis—Hollis does not have a drop box. Check the Hollis Police Department website for collection events. 

Hudson—Prescription Drug Disposal Box located in Police Station lobby; for more details click here

Litchfield—Prescription Drug Disposal Box located in Police Station lobby

Merrimack—Prescription Drug Disposal Box located in Police Station lobby

Milford—Milford does not have a drop box. Contact Sergeant Andrew Fowle for information about potential collection events at 249-0630.

Nashua—Prescription Drug Disposal Box located in Police Station lobby

Pelham—Prescription Drug Disposal Box located in Police Station lobby; for more details click here

Windham—Prescription Drug Disposal Box located in Police Station lobby

The Drug Enforcement Administration also periodically sponsors medication collections.  Click here for details.

If you cannot participate in a collection or use a police station drop box, place medications in your household trash following these guidelines by NH DES.

Sharps & other Medical Waste
Sharps may be brought to St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua (172 Kinsley St) at any time. Home syringe users must place their sharps in a sealed sharps container, liquid laundry detergent bottle, or fabric softener bottle. Containers must be taped shut and marked "used sharps." For more information, please call 882-3000.

Sharps can also be brought to Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua during select hours. For more information, call 577-2547.

The NH DOT Rest Area off exit 6 in Nashua also supplies a sharps container. For more information, call 485-3806.