Safely Manage Hazardous Household Products

Many chemicals, materials, and products commonly found in the home are toxic and can be harmful to your health and our environment. Learn how to handle these items with care, and recycle or dispose of them responsibly.

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What to do with Specific Items

If you're unsure about how to recycle or dispose of a particular chemical, material or product, find out by searching the Recyclopedia or see Additional Resources below.

To learn more about local or nearby opportunities, see: Programs or Events in Your Community or Find a Collection Facility Near You

    Additional Resources

    Programs or Events in Your Community

    To learn more about local hazardous household product collection sites or events - including days and hours - contact your community's recycling or solid waste coordinator or department. For contact information: Zoom in ( + ) on the map below, click on the icon for your city or town, and follow the link. Or see: Massachusetts City & Town Recycling Links

    Find a Collection Facility Near You

    The facilities listed in the tables below have been approved by the MassDEP to accept common household items that contain toxic chemicals and need to be handled properly.

    Call facilities or check their web sites for complete lists of items accepted, fees, and days/hours of operation. 

    If there is no collection center near you, see Programs or Events in Your Community to learn about local recycling or disposal opportunities.

    Open to Residents of All Municipalities

    Community Facility Telephone Details
    Braintree Clean Harbors Inc. 781-380-7177 Private facility, open to all municipalities. Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, March through November, and by appointment.
    Sutton New England Disposal Technologies Inc. 866-769-1621 Private facility, open to all municipalities. Open 20 Saturdays and 100 weekdays per year, and by appointment.
    Westfield New England Disposal Technologies Inc. 866-769-1621 Private facility, open to all municipalities. Open year-round on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Open to Residents of Member Municipalities

    Community Facility Telephone Details
    Barnstable Transfer Station 508-420-2258 Barnstable and Yarmouth residents.
    Devens Devens Regional HHW Facility 978-501-3943 Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Shirley and Townsend residents on the first Wednesday and following Saturday of each month, March through December.
    Greenfield Transfer Station and Water Pollution Control Plant 413-772-1539 Greenfield and Leyden residents.
    Harwich Transfer Station 508-430-7558 Brewster, Chatham and Harwich residents.
    Lexington Minuteman HHW Center 781-698-4522

    Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Chelmsford, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Waltham and Watertown residents. Fees apply to residents of other municipalities. Open eight weekend days per year, April through November.

    Open to Residents of Host Municipality

    Community Facility Telephone Details
    Brookline Recycling Center 617-879-4908 Brookline residents only whenever the Recycling Center is open.
    Brockton Recycle Depot 508-580-7827 Brockton residents only, Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Halifax Recycling Center 781-293-1732 First Saturday of the month.
    Nantucket Department of Public Works

    508-228-7244

    Nantucket only. Monthly collection 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, third Saturday of the month, April to December.
    Newton Resource Recovery Center

    617-796-1471

    Newton residents only on Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., mid-May through mid October, and four Saturdays per year.
    Norfolk Recycling/Transfer Station 508-528-4990 Norfolk residents only, Wednesdays (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., April through September; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., October through March) and Saturdays (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
    Somerville Department of Public Works

    617-625-6600 ext. 5070

    Somerville residents only on the second Saturday of the month, April through December.
    Springfield Hazardous Waste Collection Depot

    413-787-7840

    Springfield residents only.
    Sturbridge Recycling Center

    508-347-2504

    Sturbridge residents only on the third Saturday of the month, March through November.

    Recycle Fluorescent Bulbs & Mercury Products

    Mercury is a natural heavy metal that is toxic to people and wildlife. It is found in fluorescent light bulbs, thermometers, thermostats, and a range of other products.

    Use MassDEP's interactive map to find nearby locations where you can safely dispose of mercury-containing products.

    Additional Resources

    Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs

    It isn't a good idea to keep medications that aren't useful anymore. Disposing of these drugs will keep them away from people who shouldn't take them.

    Use the interactive map below to find a kiosk in your area for disposing of expired or unneeded prescription drugs. Zoom in ( + ) and click on icons for addresses.

    Note: Municipalities and organizations wanting to host one-time collections or permanent kiosks need to apply for a MassDEP waiver first.

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