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Town of Swanzey, NH
Covered Bridge Capital of New Hampshire

Household Hazardous Waste Guidelines

The Swanzey Recycling Center teams up with the City of Keene to offer free household hazardous waste disposal on special days. Residents of Swanzey may take household hazardous waste to the Keene Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility during these days.

The Keene Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is located adjacent to the Keene Recycling Center at 55 Old Summit Road, off Route 12 on the left at the top of the hill approximately five miles north of Keene. All collections run 8:00 AM 1:00 PM 


What To Bring

Products marked toxic, poison, corrosive, irritant, hazardous, flammable, danger. If you think it's hazardous, bring it up.


What Not To Bring

  •          Empty Containers (can be recycled)
  •          Latex Paint
  •          Ammunition
  •          Fireworks
  •          Radioactive Materials
  •          Make-up & Toiletries

Containers must be labeled as to their contents. No containers larger than 5 gallons will be accepted. Maximum 10 gallons Household Hazardous Waste per collection. A charge will be assessed for Household Hazardous Waste exceeding 10 gallons.

Collection takes approximately 10 minutes from time of arrival



QUESTIONS: Please call 352-5739
Sponsored by The City of Keene



Non-Toxic Household Products

All-purpose Cleaners

For tile and bathroom fixtures – use baking soda dissolved in water.

Air Fresheners

Add spices, such as cloves, cinnamon, to boiling water and simmer. Set a bowl of potpourri in a sunny window or on a radiator. Grow plants such as spider plants and philodendron.

Chrome Polish

Use rubbing alcohol, or a small amount of ammonia with hot water, or white flour on a dry rag.

Copper Polish

Mix equal parts salt and flour, heat equal amount of vinegar, mix to form a paste, apply and let dry, then wash off.

Drain Openers

Pour boiling water with ¼ c. baking soda and 2 oz. Vinegar directly down your drain twice weekly to prevent clogs. Use a drain trap/strainer to catch food and hair. To clean a clogged drain, use a metal snake or a plunger

Floor Waxes/Cleaners

Mop with 1 c. white vinegar mixed with 2 gallons of water to remove dull, greasy film. Polish with club soda.

Furniture Polish

Polish with 1 tsp. Lemon oil or almond oil dissolved into 1 pint mineral oil. Wash with oil soap or castille soap and water. Rub toothpaste on furniture to remove water marks. Use the oil from crushed walnuts to conceal nicks and scratches.


Use cedar chips or aromatic herbs such as lavender

Oven Cleaners

Clean often with baking or washing soda: mix 3 tbsp. Soda with 1 c. warm water. Rub gently with steel wool. Use oven liners (tinfoil) to catch spills. A small dish of ammonia left in oven overnight will soften burnt spills, and can be reused.


Use baking soda

Silver Polish

Soak silver in 1 qt of warm water with 1 Tbsp. Baking soda, 1 Tbsp. Salt, and a piece of aluminum foil; boil for 3 minutes, scrub with old toothbrush if necessary, dry with a soft cloth.

Spot removers

Use club soda for fruit juice, tea, gravy, ketchup, mud; immediate cold water for blood; lemon juice for ink, perspiration; beaten egg whites for spots on leather

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Clean with baking soda or use lemon juice and borax.

Window Cleaner

Clean often. For windows and mirrors, use vinegar and water (2 tsp. Vinegar to 1 qt. water), let dry and polish with newspaper

Ant Control

Pour a line of cream of tartar, red chili powder, paprika, or dried peppermint leaves at point of entry

Flea Products

Give pets brewers yeast, garlic tablets or vitamin B as preventatives. Herbal baths prepared with fennel, rue, or rosemary repel fleas.


Pull weeds instead of using herbicides. Cover garden with plastic in the fall to prevent weed germination. Plant disease resistant seeds.

Garden Control

Use organic gardening technique, such as netting or companion planting to keep insects from plants (Standing water allows insects to breed)

Insect Spray

Blend 6 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 minced onion, 1 tbsp. dried hot pepper and 1 tsp. pure soap in 4qts. hot water. Let sit 1-2 days. Strain before using. Or place 1 cigarette in 1 quart water overnight. Strain and spray.


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