Household Hazardous Waste Days

For information on managing household products and alternatives to toxic products, please click here.
Some hazardous products are collected year-round at the Depot, such as rechargeable batteries, motor oil, fluorescent bulbs, empty propane, and mercury-containing devices.
Download the Household Hazardous Waste Less Toxic Alternatives brochure

Drop Off Collections

Click here to download the 2014 Brochure.

2014 Schedule*:
Wednesdays: May 14th- June 25th
Wednesday, July 16th
Wednesday, August 13th
Wednesdays: September 3rd - October 15th
Saturdays: May 10, June 21, September 20, October 18

from 7:30am-12:30pm, last car must arrive by 12:15pm
Location: Resource Recovery Center at Rumford Ave

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

*weather dependent, please contact Customer Service 
during times of extreme weather (heat, rain) Last car accepted at 12:15pm.

Guidelines

  • NEWTON RESIDENTS ONLY – Proof of residency is required.
  • Residents are limited to one car trunk load.
  • No more than 5-gallons of a single material and no more than 12-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

Chemistry Sets

Ammunition, fireworks, explosives

Hobby/Artist Supplies

Prescription medicines

Moth balls

Syringes

Flea collar products

Infectious or biological wastes

Solvents and varnishes

Propane, butane, other flammable gases

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

Sealants

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

Pool chemicals

Asbestos

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
Sponsored by the Newton Department of Public Works, Division of Environmental Affairs
Operated by Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.

For more information, please call Environmental Affairs at 617-796-1471

If you need to dispose of hazardous products when the facility is closed, you will need to contact a licensed Hazardous Waste handler.  The City's contractor, 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) 849-1800 x 3100. Accepts HHW from residents, charges $2.50/lb. No fire extinguishers or cylinders of any kind.