The Recycling Depot at Rumford Avenue

Accepted Materials

Proof of Newton, MA residency required.  For material generated from Newton residences, no commercial vehicles or materials generated from commercial/business use.

Materials How to Prepare Not Accepted
Appliances and Freon Items Washers, dryers, water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, A/Cs
Schedule a special collection.
Antifreeze and Motor Oil

Accept used motor oil and antifreeze

Also accept used oil filters (transmission and diesel)

Newton residents only; no business or commercial accepted.


No five gallon containers accepted




Rechargeable batteries - Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel Cadmium, Lead Acid

Button cell batteries (from watches, hearing aids, calculators, etc) and other non-alkaline batteries (Lithium Primary) weighing less than 11lbs.

Car Batteries also accepted

More options for car batteries

No alkaline batteries made after 1994 – these do not contain mercury and are safe to dispose of with regular trash

Keep Lithium Ion batteries separate

The Book Reuse Shed, for drop-off and collection of books, has re-opened. Please take books in good condition to the Book Shed Monday - Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Cardboard Boxes – do not need to be flattened, there is a compactor at the Recycling Depot

No soiled pizza boxes

No plastic bags

No foam packaging

Cell Phones

Old cell phones and chargers


Also accepted at Customer Service in City Hall.

Items are donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Clothing, Bedding, and other Textiles All types of textiles, including shoes and belts and stuffed animals, can be donated to various charities on site. 

All clothing, fabric, and household textiles (tablecloths, sheets) collected must be clean and dry, but it is okay if they are ripped, stained or damaged.
No wet, mildew-y textiles. No items contaminated with oil, paint or hazardous materials.
Computer Monitors and TVs

Computer Monitors and T.V.'s can be brought to Recycle Center with paid receipt obtained from Customer Service at City Hall.

*First T.V. or Monitor cost $25 and each one after that is an additional $18
Arrange a curbside collection.

Computers and electronics can be scheduled for curbside pick up.


Glass containers, clear, green, and brown.


All Plastic Bottles with caps.

Plastic Food Tubs, such as yogurt and margarine containers.


Metal Cans and Foil (aluminum and steel cans, empty aerosol cans, and aluminum foil and trays)

Empty containers

No food waste

No Plastic bags

No styrofoam, even if it has a #6



Electronics, such as printers, fax machines, computers, laptops, tablets, chargers, computer peripherals, DVD players, cable/satellite boxes, video game consoles.


T.V.'s and Computer Monitors must be accompanied by a paid receipt obtained from Customer Service at City Hall.

Schedule a special collection.
Fluorescent Bulbs

Accept all types of fluorescent  and compact fluorescent bulbs.


LED bulbs accepted. 

Do not tape together

Do not crush bulbs

Lawn Mowers
Remove gas and oil.  Schedule a curbside collection or drop off at the Resource Recovery Center. 
Mercury-containing devices

Thermometers, thermostats, mercury switches, elemental mercury, and flowmeters


Do not throw away with trash, mercury is a hazardous material and must be disposed of properly
Latex paint is NOT accepted at Hazardous Waste collections.

Latex Paint

Paint Exchange (open May - October, Monday-Friday)


Accept good, reusable latex and oil paint and paint products

Cans must be at least half full, useable, and less than 3 years old


Oil-based Paints/Primers/Stains

Accepted during household hazardous waste events only. 

Latex Paint

Small amounts of paint can be dried out and safely disposed of with trash, please remove lids (can use kitty litter/sand to expedite the process)


Clean, white office paper


Mixed Paper – junk mail, newspaper, magazines, computer paper, paperboard (cereal, cracker, and shoe boxes, etc .- remove liners), folders, notebooks, phone books, etc. 


Milk and juice carton and aseptic packaging, please rinse and flatten

Plastic windows, staples, and paper clips are acceptable.


No paper plates, no paper cups, no tissue paper, no wax paper, and no plastic bags


No soiled paper

Rigid Plastics

Children's hard plastic toys: slides and other outdoor play equipment

Plastic shelving, coolers, laundry baskets, buckets, barrels, bins, storage totes

Rigid plastic outdoor furniture, flower pots (no soil)

PET and PVC blister packs   Please see brochure for more information

No plastic film (grocery bags, shrink wrap) - bring back to grocery store

No flexible water hoses

No hazardous material or medical waste

No oil or chemical containers

No PVC pipe or Vinyl siding

Printer Cartridges

Laser and inkjet cartridges

Propane Tanks

Must be emptied


Will also accept EMPTY Helium tanks and fire extinguishers.

Most fire extinguishers can be recharged.
Scrap Metal
Metal desks, file cabinets, wire hangers, bikes, other metal pieces Schedule a curbside collection.
Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene)

Clean, dry, white block styrofoam

Please break up large pieces

Do not leave on the ground

No cups, meat trays, plates, clam-shell containers


No packing peanuts, bubble wrap  

No pipe insulation or spongy foam

Vehicle Batteries Vehicle batteries are accepted

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