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Spring cleaning time next two Saturdays in Ossipee

April 21, 2011
OSSIPEE — Spring cleaning time is here. Gather up your rubbish, hazardous waste and prescription drugs and get them to where they can be properly disposed of.

Ossipee selectmen have approved the popular Earth Day at the transfer station again this year. Ossipee residents who have a valid facility sticker can clean out unwanted items from their basements, garages and yards and save a little on the usual dumping fees. According to Ossipee Public Works Director Brad Harriman, the event is very popular with 30-40 cars lined up at the gate when the facility opens. This year's event will be this Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. He anticipates steady traffic all day. The transfer station fee schedule is available at the town hall or on the town's website at www.ossipee.org/departments/recycle/fees.

Residents are usually charged $2 to $10 each to dispose of furniture and other bulky items and $5 for appliances. On April 23, residents can dispose of one of each of the types of bulky items such as one chair, one mattress, one television, and one refrigerator at no cost. Also, residents are allowed to dump four tires per household at no charge. Propane tanks up to 35 pounds can also be disposed of at no charge. Any extra items beyond the one-per-type brought in will be charged at the regular fee.

Harriman said there is no charge for dumping brush at any time or dumping automotive batteries or scrap metal. On Earth Day, residents will also be allowed to dump one pickup truck size load of construction debris at no charge rather than paying the normal fee-per-ton usually charged. Harriman also noted that residents do not have to remove the Freon units from any refrigerators or air conditioners and that transfer station staff will take care of that as they usually do.

For any questions regarding the town's transfer station or Earth Day, contact the town hall at 539-4181 or the transfer station at 539-4121. Transfer station stickers can be purchased at Ossipee Town Hall Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and cost $10 for a two-year sticker.

National Take Back Initiative

On Saturday, April 30 the New Hampshire State Police once again will be joining efforts with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a program designed to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from medicine cabinets.

Collection activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. at Carroll County locations including State Police Troop E in Tamworth, and police departments in Ossipee, Wolfeboro and Moultonborough. According to a press release from NH State Police Lt. William Magee, the event provides an opportunity for the public to rid their cabinets with expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.

These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. The program is anonymous, no questions asked. Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules will be accepted. Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines are not a part of this initiative.

According to Magee, the program was well-attended last year and he is hoping for increased public participation in this year's event. According to the United States Department of Justic Office of Diversion Control, each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

In an effort to address this problem, in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the country, the first National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was held last September The purpose of this event was to provide a venue for persons who wanted to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. "This effort was a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation's medicine cabinets. There were approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation that participated in the event. The American public turned in more than 121 tons of pills," according to the department's website.

Hazardous Waste

At Monday's selectmen's meeting in Ossipee, it was announced that the annual Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held either July 30 or August 6 with a definite date to be announced by selectmen this summer. At that event, representatives from Lakes Region Planning Commission and volunteers accept hazardous household items from residents of Ossipee, Effingham, Tamworth, Sandwich, Freedom and Moultonborough as well as participating towns outside Carroll County. The event is held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the highway garage behind the Ossipee Town Hall. Residents are asked to provide proof of residency and the amount of hazardous waste that can be dropped off is limited to 10 gallons or 50 pounds.

A good rule of thumb to use when figuring out whether something is hazardous waste and cannot be taken to the town's transfer station is anything marked "danger," "warning," "poison" or "caution." Some of the items that should be brought to the collection day are floor cleaners, drain cleaners, pesticides, herbicides and weed killers, car wax, antifreeze, gasoline, spray paint, oil-based paint, paint thinner, and unbroken fluorescent bulbs including the compact ones. Items that will not be accepted include alkaline batteries, latex paint, propane tanks, smoke detectors, explosives (including ammunition), and tires. For these items, it is best to contact the transfer station and ask how to best dispose of them.

North Country Environmental
Martin Lord Osman
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