Hazardous Waste

various hazardous materials
The Walpole Recyling Center does not accept hazardous waste. Instead, we have a cooperative arrangement with the city of Keene. On three special dates per month, Walpole residents can take hazardous waste to the Recycling Center of Keene. Customers can bring up to 10 gallons of hazardous waste per drop off at no charge, and there is no limit to number of drop offs.

The schedule is set by the Recycling Center of Keene. The next dates in 2015 are:

March April May June
Sat 3/21, 3/28 4/11, 4/25 5/9,  5/30 6/13,6/20
Wed 3/25 4/15 5/13 6/17

What is hazardous waste?

Look in any storage cabinet in your home. Do you see products such as paint thinner, spot remover, oven cleaner, furniture polish, drain opener, pool chemicals and hair spray? These products are hazardous because they contain chemicals that are corrosive, explosive, reactive, flammable or toxic.

When you look at these products you might not immediately recognize hazardous products by their name. When you see words like pesticide, acid, fungicide, caustic, herbicide, or solvent, you know they are hazardous. But, sometimes the name may not tell you anything about the product. Read the label, especially the instructions, carefully.

Unfortunately, the absence of these words does not guarantee the product is without hazards. For example, methyl alcohol (found in some glass cleaners) can cause blindness if ingested, but may not require a warning if it makes up less than 4% of a product. Additionally, health effects from long term exposure may not even be considered in the labeling requirements.

What To Bring

What Not To Bring

Products marked toxic, poison, corrosive, irritant, hazardous, flammable, danger. If you think it’s hazardous, bring it up.
  • Empty Containers (can be recycled)
  • Latex Paint
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Make-up & Toiletries
Other Information: Containers must be labeled as to their contents. No containers larger than 5 gallons will be accepted.Collection takes approximately 10 minutes from time of arrival

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