North Country Council helps to facilitate several household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events in our region. Below is a list of events for the 2017 season, these events typically occur in the summer and early fall. You will not be able to attend any event, you must attend the event in your waste district. Each year the average household throws out about 15.5 pounds of hazardous materials each year. This waste has the potential to harm landfill workers and the environment. Safely storing and disposing of your hazardous waste until a collection event is the best way to handle hazardous waste. Some common HHW include: household cleaners, solvents, pesticides, herbicides, motor oils, batteries, thermometers, and antifreeze. Many products we utilize on a daily basis are considered hazardous waste. You can reduce the amount of hazardous waste in your home by increasing the amount of natural or green products you use.
2017 Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
|June 3, 8am – 1pm||AVRRDD Transfer Station, Rte. 110, Berlin||Berlin, Dummer, Errol, Gorham, Jefferson, Milan, Northumberland, Randolph, Stark and the Unincorporated Places in Coos County|
|June 10, 9am – 1pm||NCES, 581 Trudeau Rd., Bethlehem||Residents of Bethlehem|
|August 12, 8am – 12||Lancaster Transfer Station, 131 Water St., Lancaster||Residents of Lancaster|
|August 27, 8am – 12||Littleton Transfer Station, 1512 Mt. Eustis Rd., Littleton||Ashland, Campton, Danbury, Dorchester, Easton, Ellsworth, Franconia, Groton, Landaff, Lisbon, Littleton, Lyman, Plymouth, Rumney, Sugar Hill, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth|
|September 30, 8am – 12||Plymouth Transfer Station, 54 Beech Hill Rd., Plymouth|
|September 16 8am – 11:30||Conway Transfer Station, 755 East Conway Rd., Conway||Albany, Bartlett, Conway, Eaton, Jackson, Madison, Hale’s Location|
In 2016 NCC organized 6 household hazardous waste collections. These took place in Colebrook, Haverhill, Lancaster, Lincoln, Littleton, and Plymouth. The latter two of these were organized on behalf of the Pemi-Baker Solid Waste District, a collaborative of 19 towns in the southwestern part of the region. In all, there were 376 cars that came through the gates representing roughly 400 households. We collected over 22,000 pounds of HHW materials, which were then safely disposed of by certified contractors. We had 2 different vendors providing the disposal service: Environmental Projects, Inc. from Auburn, Maine handled the collections in Lancaste4r, Lincoln, Colebrook, and Haverhill; while Clean Venture, Inc. from Framingham, MA handled the Littleton and Plymouth collections. Both vendors did an excellent, professional job.
Along with the collection activity, we did a survey of participants to generate some statistics about HHW, and get feedback about our advertising and organizing. To do the surveys, we used paper forms at some venues and a mobile app on an Android smartphone at others. The results for all collection venues are combined in the charts below.
Household Hazardous Waste Survey:
The results are as follows:
People bringing waste to a collection event mostly represented one household.
The level of Participation:
The most common way people found out about the HHW collection event was through the newspaper. While we advertised is multiple avenues, the most common way that people heard of us was through the transfer station and through newspaper advertisements.