The average household in the US contains 15 pounds of hazardous products such as pesticides, cleaners, paints, and other chemicals. Using and disposing of these products properly is crucial to maintaining the health of our bodies and our environment. HHW can be found in and around the home:
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.
Garage or Shed: Fuels, gasoline, kerosene; engine degreaser; brake fluid; carburetor cleaner; car polish; pool chemicals. Pesticides; insecticides; fungicides; poisons; chemical fertilizers; weed killers.
Workbench: Oil-based paints; wood preservatives; paint strippers/thinners; solvents/varnishes; lighter fluid; sealants.
The best approach to managing hazardous products in the home is to:
Some products, which have been considered hazardous in the past, can now be disposed of with the regular trash. These include:
Drop-off Collection for Proper Disposal
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
Location: Resource Recovery Center
Drop-offs of household hazardous waste are not accepted outside of these designated collection times.
*weather dependent, please visit this website during times of extreme weather (heat, rain, snow)
Private Sector HHW Drop-Off Collection Options
If you are unable to attend Household Hazardous Waste events held at the Resource Recovery Center, you will need to contact a licensed Hazardous Waste handler.
Clean Harbors accepts Household Hazardous Waste year-round at 1 Hill Ave, Braintree, MA. Call 781-380-7100 for drop off rates, specific dates, and times.
you may attend pay-as-you-go events held at the Clean Harbors Facility in Braintree. Contact them directly at (781) 380-7100 for available dates and times.
New England Disposal Technologies drop off centers in Sutton and Westfield accept HHW from residents for a fee.
Sharps, Needles & Lancets
Sharps, such as needles and lancets, are accepted annually at the Resource Recovery Center.
How to Prepare Sharps for Disposal:
Next, bring the entire container to the Resource Recovery Center.
DO NOT bring loose sharps to the Resource Recovery Center.
Unused and expired prescription and over the counter medications are accepted at the kiosk in the Newton Police Department at 1321 Washington St.
If you have any questions about medication disposal, contact the Newton Human Health & Services department at (617) 796-1420.