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Household Hazardous Waste Day Saturday

PORTSMOUTH – The City will hold its annual spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday (May 16) for residents of Portsmouth, Greenland and Newington.

Residents of Portsmouth, Newington and Greenland may bring unwanted household chemicals to the Department of Public Works facility at 680 Peverly Hill Road for safe disposal between 8 a.m. and noon. Residents must show proof of residency.

Here are some of the household chemicals that will be accepted:
From the yard: fertilizer with pesticides or fungicides, insect spray, lighter fluid, pest strips/traps, pesticides, poisons and pool chemicals.
From the garage: acids, car waxes/polish, creosote, driveway sealer/tar, flea powder, gasoline, radiator flush and roofing tar.
From the house: bathroom cleaner, disinfectants, furniture polish, metal polish, mothballs, oven cleaner, photo chemicals, rug cleaner and wood strippers.
From the workbench: brush cleaner, corrosives, lead and oil-based paint/stain/finish, rust preventative, solvents, thinner/turpentine and wood preservatives.
Empty containers for these items are not considered hazardous and may be disposed of in the regular trash collection. Residents should NOT bring explosives, asbestos or latex paints. For latex paint, allow the paint to dry and once completely dry, Portsmouth residents may bring the paint can to the Recycling Center.

Anyone with items they suspect are hazardous but are not on the household chemicals list to be accepted on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day should call 427-1530 to discuss proper disposal options.

  Portsmouth’s Recycling Center behind the DPW facility has containers to recycle non-hazardous items such as eyeglasses, books, clothing, cooking oil, used motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, bulky waste, computer monitors and TVs, fluorescent light bulbs, propane tanks, and tires.

The City mandates the recycling of aluminum and steel cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles (#1 and #2), and all fiber/paper waste (“if you can rip it – recycle it”). These items can be placed curbside for pickup on trash collection days or taken to the Recycling Center.
 The Recycling Center is open 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.  

Posted on May 12, 2009