Got hazardous household waste? Dump it Oct. 10 for free

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MANCHESTER, NH — Many everyday household products are considered hazardous.  If not disposed of correctly, these household hazardous wastes can contaminate groundwater, damage sewer lines, and impair natural resources such as lakes and rivers.

Manchester 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.

That means your big chance is Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Drop Off Facility, located at 500 Dunbarton Road.

check markResidents 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.

x markThe following materials are not accepted at collection events:

  • Electronics
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Household Trash
  • Medicines
  • Propane Tanks
  • Used Tires
  • Paint

The above items may be brought to the Drop Off Facility during regular business hoursFees may apply.  Medicines, including sharps, must be packaged in accordance with the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy guidelines.

Toxicity IconCommon Household Hazardous Wastes

Hazardous wastes should never be placed in the trash or poured down a drain.  Common items that are hazardous include:

  • Anti-freeze
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain openers
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Household cleaners
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Oil-based paints, stains and thinners
  • Pesticides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Solvents

About this Author


Carol Robidoux

PublisherManchester Ink Link

Longtime NH journalist and publisher of Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!