Many everyday household products are considered hazardous. If not disposed of correctly, these wastes can contaminate groundwater, damage sewer lines, and impair natural resources such as lakes and rivers.
Common Household Hazardous Wastes
Hazardous wastes should never be placed in the trash or poured down a drain. Common items that are hazardous include:
- Button cell and rechargeable batteries (not alkaline)
- Cleaners and disinfectants
- Drain openers
- Mercury thermometers and fluorescent bulbs
- Oil-based paints, stains and thinners (not latex)
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
Residents may dispose of household hazardous wastes safely, legally and free at one of the City's semi-annual collection events, which take place on the second Saturdays of May and October, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Events are held at the Drop Off Facility, located at 500 Dunbarton Road.
Residents may dispose of up to 10 gallons of liquid and 20 pounds of solid household hazardous waste at no cost.
- Liquids should be in containers no larger than five gallons each
- Each container must be labeled
- Containers should be carried individually or in boxes, not in garbage bags
- Participants must bring proof of Manchester residency
For more information about proper storage and disposal, consult the State of New Hampshire household hazardous waste fact sheet.
The following materials are not accepted at collection events:
- Fire Extinguishers
- Household Trash
- Latex Paint (dry this out with shredded newspaper or kitty litter and place in regular trash)
- Propane Tanks
- Used Tires
These items may be brought to the Drop Off Facility during regular business hours. Fees may apply. Medicines, including sharps, must be packaged in accordance with the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy guidelines.