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

2015 HHW and Unwanted Meds Collections:

We're starting early this year for your spring cleaning!!  Click here for our 2015 schedule including what to bring and what not to bring--and if your town is participating so you can come for free.  Residents from non-participating towns are always welcome, but you will have to pay at the event.  Small businesses, schools, and others with over 25 gallons of hazardous waste are welcome if they pre-register at least two weeks in advance by calling us at 448-1680.

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.

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.  

The Town of Hanover and the City of Lebanon Police Departments each have unwanted medicine drop boxes in their lobbies.  Vermont has several police drop boxes and a survey of these police stations indicates they are a great success.  

Non-Toxic Cleaning Videos!