The average household in the US contains 15 pounds of hazardous products such as pesticides, cleaners, paints, and used motor oil. Using and disposing of these products properly is crucial to maintaining the health of our bodies and our environment.
The City of Newton provides several ways of safely disposing these products.
The following items must be separated from the regular trash but can be disposed of at the Recycling Depot at Rumford Avenue year round:
Some products, which have been considered hazardous in the past, can now be disposed of with the regular trash. These include:
New State Regulations (began July 1, 2010) prohibit the disposal of sharps, needles and lancets in household trash. Please see proper disposal guidelines here.
Other items can be brought to the Hazardous Waste Collection that Newton holds annually include:
From the house
Filled aerosol cans; adhesives, glues, resins; cleaners, spot removers, polishes; photo chemicals; chemistry sets, oven, drain toilet cleaners; hobby/artist supplies; moth balls; flea collar products.
From the garage
Fuels, gasoline, kerosene; engine degreaser; brake fluid; carburetor cleaner; car polish; pool chemicals.
From the workbench
Oil-based paints; wood preservatives; paint strippers/thinners; solvents/varnishes; lighter fluid; sealants.
From the yard
Pesticides; insecticides; fungicides; poisons; chemical fertilizers; weed killers.
The Best Approach to Managing Hazardous Products in the Home is to:
The City of Newton is aware of several government-sponsored websites, which might be useful in learning more ways to managing household hazardous waste. These sites provide other links. The City of Newton does not maintain the content of these sites.