Hazardous waste collection set for Saturday

NASHUA – Nashua Public Works will offer its last household hazardous waste collection event of 2018 on Saturday.

Corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive substances may be disposed of from 8 a.m. until noon at the Nashua Public Works Garage, located at 9 Stadium Dr. The cost per vehicle is $10, for up to 10 gallons or 20 pounds of waste, and people are encouraged to carpool, if possible, organizers said.

“For Nashua, it helps us to preserve the landfill, to keep hazardous and toxic materials out of the landfill, and to provide our residents with the opportunity to properly dispose of that waste they have in their homes,” said Sally Hyland, recycling coordinator for the Solid Waste department.

She said the landfill is not permitted to accept hazardous waste. Instead, the materials must be handled by a certified company that has the credentials to properly accept, dispose of and transport the waste, Hyland explained.

She said Nashua Public Works hires the Nashua Region Solid Waste Management District, which then contracts with Veolia International to manage the waste at the collection event and to properly dispose of it according to applicable state and federal regulations.

Hyland said a lot of people have utilized this service during past collections and residents from the 11 communities may come out to dispose of their waste. Those communities are: Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham and Windham.

However, she said there are three items that will not be accepted at Saturday’s special collection. These banned items are latex paint, used motor oil and smoke detectors. Additionally, she said asbestos also will not be accepted.

“This is the last one of the season, so we encourage people to come early,” Hyland said.

The next collection isn’t scheduled until April 20.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.