Household Hazardous Waste

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Managing Household Hazardous Waste Products

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:

  • Alkaline batteries made since 1994 (AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Latex paint (dried out or with sand or kitty litter to solidify) OR bring usable (less than 3 years old) paint to the Latex Paint Exchange
  • Soiled bandages in plastic bags, securely fastened
  • Driveway sealer (latex or oil based, with lid off)

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 HHW Materials Accepted at the Resource Recovery Center

HHW Collection Events at the Resource Recovery Center

 Drop-off Collection for Proper Disposal

Up Coming Events:

The March 15 collection event has been cancelled due to the cleanup necessary following the March 13 snow storm. 


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)


  • Accepted Materials 
  • NEWTON RESIDENTS ONLY – Proof of residency is required.
  • No more than 5-gallons of a single material and no more than 12-gallons total.
  • NO LATEX PAINT ACCEPTED – Latex paint can be donated seasonally to the Latex Paint Exchange. If water is the top ingredient listed, it is latex paint
  • COMMERCIAL VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ACCESS TO THE HHW COLLECTION - use a personal vehicle when seeking access to this residential program.

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. 

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Sharps, Needles & Medications

Sharps, Needles & Lancets

Sharps such as needles and lancets, are accepted annually at the Resource Recovery Center.

How to Prepare Sharps for Disposal:

  • Do not place loose sharps in the trash
  • Place sharps in a red medical waste container or puncture proof container such as a detergent bottle. Red containers are available at most pharmacies
  • Use the container until it is nearly fill and then tightly close the lid and tape it so sharps cannot spill out
  • Milk jugs, coffee cans (due to the flimsy plastic lid) and other plastic bottles are unacceptable.

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.


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