HHW Accepted Material

Material Accepted at All HHW Collection Events

Place accepted materials in cardboard or rigid plastic containers, in their original or labeled containers if possible.  

Do NOT pack in plastic bags.

From the WORKBENCH: From the SHED:

oil based paint and stain*

hobby/artist supplies

photography chemicals

fiberglass resin


pesticides, herbicides, fungicides
fertilizers containing pesticides
pool chemicals

cesspool cleaners

wood preservatives

From the GARAGE: From the HOUSE:
flammable liquids and aerosols
gasoline, motor oil mixtures
tire cleaners
transmission fluid

carburetor cleaner

brake fluid

marine and auto paints

Mercury, including thermometers and thermostats *

drain cleaners

moth balls and crystals

hazardous cleaners and polishes


acids and bases

asbestos (friable) - wetted and double-bagged: call ahead 781.329.8318


* Visit your town's page under Town Programs and click on the link on the left under 'It's Easy & It's Mandatory' to check whether these items are collected regularly by your town.


IMPROPER DISPOSAL of hazardous waste materials can react, explode or create toxic fumes, contaminate soil and groundwater, and endanger the health & safety of people & animals.

Bring chemicals in original or labeled containers when possible.

MERCURY It is ILLEGAL to dispose of mercury containing products in the trash. Bring your mercury-containing products to the Board of Health during regular hours.

  • a heavy silver liquid that poisons the nervous system, liver & kidneys
  • pregnant women & young children are the most vulnerable
  • found in compact fluorescent lamps, and in many thermometers, thermostats, barometers & blood pressure cuffs
  • poses no hazard when contained in a product

Some retailers accept compact fluorescent lights and button batteries

For more information, go to keepmercuryfromrising.org