Household hazardous waste to be collected April 18

NASHUA – If you’ve started thinking about spring cleaning, the 2015 household hazardous waste season begins just in time to help you empty out your basement, garage, and shed.

The first collection of 2015 will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 18, at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive.

Residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham and Windham are welcome.

There is a $10 user fee per vehicle, which covers up to 10 gallons or 20 pounds of waste. Residents who bring more than this amount will be charged accordingly to help offset the additional costs.

A variety of common household hazardous waste products are accepted at the collections, including nonlatex paints, solvents, oven cleaners, pool chemicals, pesticides, drain openers and auto chemicals. For a complete list of accepted items, visit nashuarpc.org/hhw or call 424-2240.

Electronics are also collected at all HHW events. Televisions and computer monitors each cost $10 per item. All other electronics are free. For a complete list of accepted electronics, visit nashuarpc.org/hhw.

If you only bring electronics to an HHW collection, you do not have to pay the $10 user fee.

Latex paint is not accepted at collection events; instead, it should be dried out and disposed of at your local landfill or transfer station. Medications are also not accepted at HHW collection events.

There are more benefits to participating in a HHW collection than simply cleaning out your garage or basement. 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 and can kill fish and wildlife.

Household toxins can also injure humans and pets if they are exposed to these chemicals because of careless storage and handling.

Furthermore, our growing demand for the newest technology has resulted in a significant number of discarded electronics. In addition to the large volume of space these items take up in landfills, their improper disposal poses serious environmental risks because of hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury, commonly found in electronics.

Discarded electronics also contain valuable resources, such as precious metals, engineered plastics and glass, which require significant energy to manufacture. When electronics are disposed of instead of recycled, these resources cannot be recovered and additional pollution is generated in order to manufacture new products.

For the complete schedule or more information, visit nashuarpc.org/hhw or call 424-2240.

Household hazardous waste to be collected April 18

NASHUA – If you’ve started thinking about spring cleaning, the 2015 household hazardous waste season begins just in time to help you empty out your basement, garage, and shed.

The first collection of 2015 will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 18, at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive.

Residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham and Windham are welcome.

There is a $10 user fee per vehicle, which covers up to 10 gallons or 20 pounds of waste. Residents who bring more than this amount will be charged accordingly to help offset the additional costs.

A variety of common household hazardous waste products are accepted at the collections, including nonlatex paints, solvents, oven cleaners, pool chemicals, pesticides, drain openers and auto chemicals. For a complete list of accepted items, visit nashuarpc.org/hhw or call 424-2240.

Electronics are also collected at all HHW events. Televisions and computer monitors each cost $10 per item. All other electronics are free. For a complete list of accepted electronics, visit nashuarpc.org/hhw.

If you only bring electronics to an HHW collection, you do not have to pay the $10 user fee.

Latex paint is not accepted at collection events; instead, it should be dried out and disposed of at your local landfill or transfer station. Medications are also not accepted at HHW collection events.

There are more benefits to participating in a HHW collection than simply cleaning out your garage or basement. 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 and can kill fish and wildlife.

Household toxins can also injure humans and pets if they are exposed to these chemicals because of careless storage and handling.

Furthermore, our growing demand for the newest technology has resulted in a significant number of discarded electronics. In addition to the large volume of space these items take up in landfills, their improper disposal poses serious environmental risks because of hazardous materials, such as lead and mercury, commonly found in electronics.

Discarded electronics also contain valuable resources, such as precious metals, engineered plastics and glass, which require significant energy to manufacture. When electronics are disposed of instead of recycled, these resources cannot be recovered and additional pollution is generated in order to manufacture new products.

For the complete schedule or more information, visit nashuarpc.org/hhw or call 424-2240.