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 are unsure about how to recycle or dispose of a particular chemical, material or product, please see:

 

MassDEP Guide to Safely Managing Hazardous Household Products

 

You may also want to check out Programs or Events in Your Community or Find a Collection Facility Near You below, or visit the Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory, to learn more about where you can dispose of hazardous household wastes.

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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