Household hazardous waste (HHW) minimization and collection in Chester, Deerfield, Epping and Raymond, NH :a cost-effective program

Mastenbrook, Sharon Walker
Peter Ryner
Department of Environmental Studies
The towns of Chester, Deerfield, Epping and Raymond, New Hampshire, held a one-day household hazardous waste (HHW) collection on My 22, 1993. To allow available funding to serve the maximum number of citizens during the collection, the towns offered HHW reuse or recycling opportunities prior to collection day so that some HHW could be excluded from the collection and HHW disposal costs reduced. The reuse and recycling opportunities had several parts: permanent used motor oil and spent vehicle battery collections functioning in each participating town before HHW collection, creation of a Hazardous Household Product Exchange database located in Raymond, but available to citizens of Chester, Deerfield, Epping, Nottingham, Fremont, Candia, and Raymond free of charge, a one-day Paint Swap designed to remove usable paint from the HHW stream prior to collection in order to minimize the paint portion of the HHW Collection, publication of a 16 page educational booklet defining HHW, explaining source reduction, reuse and recycling, and providing readers with safe tips for everyday living with respect to chemical use in the home. Sharon Walker Mastenbrook, a graduate student from the Environmental Studies Department of Antioch Graduate School of New England in Keene, NH, proposed the HHW minimization and collection program and served as coordinator and technical advisor for the program. The success of the program led to creation of A HHW Minimization and Collection Program model and a Program Guide. This paper describes the program model and evaluates its success in four New Hampshire towns. This paper also presents the Program Guide.

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