How to Get Rid of Materials . . .

Ten Tips -- How to Recycle Right

Label Your Recycling Barrel

1 Label your recycling containers clearly.

The City can provide you with free stickers if you need them. To help the trash hauler see them from the road, we suggest that you put labels on the two sides of each recycling container.  

No Pizza Boxes

2 Do NOT put food, liquids, or food-stained cardboard into the recycling bin. Paper plates, paper cups, ice cream containers and juice boxes go in the trash. 

No Plasticware

3 Do NOT put plastic straws, cups, bowls, plates, knives, forks, or spoons into the recycling bin.  

 

Disposable containers and packaging are generally made of polystyrene (plastic #6). Polystyrene is a low-value plastic; it is expensive to recycle. Laconia only accepts plastics #1-5.

No Plastic Bags

4 Do NOT put plastic bags or plastic wrap in the recycling bin.

 

Plastic bags tend to jam the sorting machinery. This can damage the conveyors and create hazardous conditions for sorters.

 

Keep an eye on the “Laconia Links” newsletter to find out when local non-profit groups plan to collect and recycle soft plastics.

Cap to Trash and Bottle to Recycling

5 Bottles and jars can be recycled but caps and lids go in the trash.

 

Plastic # 1-5 are recyclable. Glass, regardless of color, can also be placed in the recycling bin.

Recycle Clean Corrugated Cardboard

6 Recycle clean paper, box board and corrugated cardboard.

 

We do accept cardboard with tape on it with the recycling. However, if you have the chance to remove the tape, please add it to the trash.

Reduce

7 Reduce.

If you don’t need it, don’t get it. Whether its a bag at the supermarket or the plasticware that comes with take out food, let the cashier know if it’s unnecessary.

Reuse

8 Reuse.

Repurpose it or repair it. For example, a little sewing can often make clothing as good as new again. While it is not feasible to donate clothing via curbside collection, dry, mold-free clothing can be donated at the transfer station.

Compost

9 Compost.

Most food waste can be composted. Their nutrients can be returned to the soil. This is a great way to nourish your lawn or garden.

When in Doubt

1O When in doubt, throw it out.

 

Items such as wrapping paper and tin foil are not recyclable. Avoid “wish-cycling.” It can contaminate loads of good materials and cause them to be sent into the landfill.

Thank you for your support.  By recycling right, fewer loads of recyclables get rejected due to impurities.

How to Get Rid of  ______ by Material


This table outlines the procedure for the proper disposal of the various types of solid waste. Follow the embedded links for additional details.

Type of Material

Curbside Pick up 

Drop off Facilities


Batteries

C, D, AA, AAA and 9-volt batteries go with regular trash. (No lithium or nickel-cadmium batteries)

Batteries from cars, computers, cordless tools, and phones contain hazardous waste.

Lakes Region Hazardous Products Facility

or

Residents only (no businesses) HHWC Day

Bring proof of residency (such as a car registration or a utility bill).

Brush

Small amounts can go with regular trash

Hilliard Road Brush Dump

Bulky Items (metal)


NOTHING WITH FREON OR AMMONIA HYDROXIDE SHOULD BE LEFT CURBSIDE.

Purchase a “Bulky item” sticker per item. Call the DPW (528-6379) for a collection date. Attach sticker and leave curbside with regular trash

Laconia Transfer Station

(Dump Sticker or Day Pass Required).

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY'S TRANSFER STATION CANNOT ACCEPT REFRIGERATORS THAT USE AMMONIA HYDROXIDE GAS AS A REFRIGERANT AT THIS TIME.) 

Bulky Items (non-metal)

Purchase a “Bulky item” sticker per item. Attach and leave curbside with regular trash

Laconia Transfer Station

(Dump Sticker or Day Pass Required).


Christmas Trees

Not Available


Laconia Transfer Station

or

Hilliard Road Brush Dump

or

In the month of January, there is a  designated area in the parking lot next to the intersection of Memorial Park Drive and West Street.


Clothing, Shoes and Textiles  (for donation to Apparel Impact)

Not Available


Laconia Transfer Station

(Clothing for donation
 must be dry and free of mold.)

Construction/Demolition waste

Not Available

Laconia Transfer Station

(Dump Sticker or Day Pass Required).

Electronics

Not Available

Laconia Transfer Station

(Dump Sticker or Day Pass Required)

GlassPlace in Recycling BinLaconia Transfer Station

Hazardous Waste (residential only)



Not Available

Lakes Region Hazardous Products Facility

or

Residents only (no businesses) HHWC Day

Bring proof of residency (such as a car registration or a utility bill).

Leaves

Special collection days in spring and fall

Laconia Transfer Station

Paint

Latex paint only.

After the paint cans have been left open until the paint inside is thoroughly dried, they may be discarded as trash.

Oil Based paint only.

Lakes Region Hazardous Products Facility

or

Residents only (no businesses) HHWC Day

Bring proof of residency (such as a car registration or a utility bill).

Recyclables

  • No Plastic Bags
  • No Plastic #6-7

Picked up every other week. See the Pick Up Schedule and Collection Map for scheduling information.

Laconia Transfer Station

Tires

Not Available

Laconia Transfer Station

(Dump Sticker or Day Pass Required).

Trash

  • Chip Bags
  • Fabrics
  • Food Waste
  • Food Wrappers
  • Juice Pouches
  • Napkins
  • Paper Towels
  • Pillows
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Plastic Films, Shrink Wrap 
  • Plastic Toys
  • Plastic Caps, Lids
  • Rags
  • Stryrofoam
  • Tarps
  • Tissues
  • Wax Coated Containers (such as milk cartons)
  • Wrapping Paper

Picked up weekly. See the Pick up Schedule and Collection Map for scheduling information.

Laconia Transfer Station

(Dump Sticker or Day Pass Required).