Household Hazardous Waste

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The Regional Planning Commission recognizes the great benefit to keeping toxic chemicals out of our water supplies by providing management options for unwanted chemicals like cleaning products, paint and paint related products, automotive fluids, and much more.

The Regional Planning Commission has been providing household hazardous waste collections for many years and for the last few years, in partnership with the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Pharmacy, has included the collection and proper disposal of unwanted medicines.  2015 is the last year we will collect medicines at our collection as there are many other options every day at police stations around the region.  Visit for a list of locations and other information about keeping your family safe.

If you live in the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Region and would be interested in helping at educational events or helping at the collections, please contact Victoria Davis at the Commission at 603-448-1680 or

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Latest News

New Nontoxic Cleaning Video

Our intern, Jenevra Wetmore, has been teaching workshops on household green cleaning this summer.  Learn the dangers of store-bought cleaners and how to avoid them by making your own DIY cleaners.  For a video version of the workshop, see below.

People try the Nontoxic Cleaners and LIKE them!

After taking a workshop with Jenevra, people provided testimonials from trying the nontoxic cleaners at home.  Check them out  here.

2015 HHW and Unwanted Meds Collections:

We had four collections in Lebanon (May and September), Sunapee, and Claremont which served over 1,000 households.  This was the last year we will collect unwanted medicines as there are now so many police drop-boxes that are available anytime the police departments are open. Visit for a drop box locator.  Thank you to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Pharmacy for providing collections for the last six years at our HHW events.

New Safe Meds Program:  Visit the Twin State Safe Meds web site to learn about proper storage and disposal of unwanted meds as well as police drop box sites for everyday disposal.  Many police stations in our area either have or are working on having a drop box for your unwanted medicines.

New Brochures:
Check out our new brochures:  "Nontoxic Housecleaning: Using 3 Ingredients" and "Down the Drain."

Police Drop Box Guide for New Hampshire:
"A Police Department's Guide to Becoming a Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Box Site" has just been published by the North Country Health Consortium.  You can download the model guide in Word here or as a pdf here.  The guide is compliant with NH RSA 318-E:1 and Chapter Jus 1603.  

Non-Toxic Cleaning Videos!