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

    Facility has closed for the 2014 season.  It will re-open in May 2015.
    Please click here for alternate disposal options.

    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.

    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.


    • 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


    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


    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
    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