Household Hazardous Waste Days

Reduce Your Impact

Managing household products and alternatives to toxic products. 

Household Hazardous Waste Less Toxic Alternatives brochure

Drop-off Collection for Proper Disposal

2017 Household Hazardous Waste Brochure

2017 Schedule*:
First Saturday of every month starting May 6; 
7:30am-1:30pm, last car allowed in at 1:15pm

Third Thursday of every month starting May 18; 7:30am-10:30am, last car allowed in at 10:15am

View the collection event calendar. 

Location: Resource Recovery Center at Rumford Ave

Drop-offs are not accepted outside of these designated collection times.

*weather dependent, please visit this website 
during times of extreme weather (heat, rain, snow)


  • NEWTON RESIDENTS ONLY – Proof of residency is required.
  • No more than 5-gallons of a single material and no more than 5-gallons total.
  • NO LATEX PAINT ACCEPTED (click here for other disposal options)
  • COMMERCIAL VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ACCESS TO THE HHW COLLECTION. (Please use a personal vehicle when seeking access to this residential program.)
What to Bring What NOT to bring

Antifreeze and used motor oil, vehicle batteries (Recycle at Depot)

Do not bring latex paint – latex paint can be dried out and placed in trash or brought to the Paint Exchange

Adhesives, glues, resins

Empty aerosol cans (recycle curbside)

Cleaners, spot removers, polishes

Commercial/industrial waste

Photo chemicals

Compressed gas cylinders - propane tanks and fire extinguishers are accepted at the Depot year-round

Chemistry Sets

Ammunition, fireworks, explosives

Hobby/Artist Supplies

Prescription medicines

Moth balls


Flea collar products

Infectious or biological wastes

Solvents and varnishes


Fuels, gasoline, kerosene

Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors

Paint strippers/thinners/turpentine

Construction materials

Wood preservatives

Radioactive waste

Car polish

Empty containers or non-hazardous materials


Tires - will take 2 per week (off-rim) as part of Bulky waste. Please schedule in advance.

Pool chemicals


Oil based paints and stains: look for word '"alkyd" or "cleanup with mineral spirits"

PCBs, found in ballasts for fluorescent light fixtures, ballast are  collected with batteries and fluorescent bulbs

Lighter fluid

Alkaline batteries (safe to dispose of with regular trash)

Engine degreaser, carburetor cleaner, brake and transmission fluid

Computers and electronics (schedule a curbside collection by calling DPW at 617.796.1000)

Pesticides, Insecticides, fungicides, disinfectants, fertilizers that contain weed or bug killers, weed killers, poisons

Fluorescent Bulbs (accepted year-round at the Depot) Fixtures for fluorescent bulbs can be recycled in metal area please remove ballast and bulbs when present.

Filled Aerosol cans (paint, bug spray, window cleaner, disinfectants, etc.)


How to transport these materials safely:

  • Leave materials in original containers
  • Label any container that does not have an original label with chemical contents, such as pesticide, paint thinner, etc.
  • Tighten caps and lids
  • Sort and pack materials separately
  • Never mix chemicals
  • Do not place waste in a garbage bag
  • Never smoke while handling hazardous material
  • Put containers in sturdy upright boxes, plastic pails or plastic bins and pad with newspaper
  • Children should not handle hazardous waste
  • Hazardous materials should be transported safely separated from passengers and/or pets.

For more information, please call Environmental Affairs at 617-796-1000

Private Sector HHW Drop-Off Collections

If you need to dispose of hazardous products when the facility is closed, you will need to contact a licensed Hazardous Waste handler. 

Clean Harbors operates a year-round monthly drop-off at its facility at 1 Hill Ave (off Quincy Ave ) in Braintree, MA. Call first 781-380-7175. Accepts HHW from residents, charges $2.50/lb.

New England Disposal Technologies drop off centers in Sutton and Westfield accept HHW from residents for a fee. 

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