Material Not Accepted

The following is a list of materials NOT ACCEPTED at any Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. CLICK ON AN ITEM to find information about where you can dispose of these items.

You can also go to RECYCLING A-Z to find out more about recycling these and other products

Single use Alkaline and Carbon-Zinc Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, 9V) are wasteful, but not hazardous. Dispose with trash. If your trash goes to Covanta SEMASS, the metal is recovered.

Usable building materials, kitchen and bath fixtures, flooring, windows, doors, lighting, etc. may be sold or consigned to:

New England Demolition and Salvage
73 Cove St. - New Bedford

Builders Surplus and Sports Consignments
708 Washington St. - Pembroke
781 829-6774.
Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Habitat for Humanity ReStores in West Roxbury, Carver, and other Mass. locations

Boston Building Materials Resource Center in Roxbury (pickup available for a fee)

Waste Management sells the 'Bagster' at Home Depot. They hold 3 cubic yards of material.
Call for a pickup when it is full.


Trojan Recycling
71 Forest St. - Brockton
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - Noon
Fees Apply


Desac Disposal Recycle and Transfer Station
106 Essex St. - Whitman
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - Noon
$30 minimum, $8-30/cubic yard (2014)


New England Recycling
569 Winthrop St. - Taunton
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - Noon
$42 minimum, $100-120/ton (2013)

Republic Waste
257 Ivory St. - Braintree (transfer station at old landfill)
Saturday 7:00 AM-1:30 PM
$125/ton, minimum charge $100 (2013)

Republic Waste Transfer Station
250 Beaver Dam Rd. - Plymouth
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$8/100 lbs. (2013)

Dedham Transfer Station
5 Incinerator Rd. - Dedham
Mon-Fri, 7:30-4, Sat. 7:30-11:30
$128/ton, minimum charge $64 (2014),
781-326-1390 - also accepts railroad ties

Bourne ISWMF
201 MacArthur Bvd. - Bourne
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM - noon
$87.50/ton (2015)

Call your local Fire Department

Latex paint is messy, but not hazardous.  If it's not fit for another wall or ceiling, or recycling isn't otherwise practical, absorb the liquid with cat litter to keep your street or transfer station paint-free, and dispose of the open cans in a bag with household trash.

If it is usable, you can bring it to Recolor Paint (fka The Paint Exchange) in Hanover for a small fee.

Paint should never be poured down any drain, unless you want an excuse to call your plumber.

What is considered 'usable' paint?
"If you would use it, we can use it."

  • Liquid latex paint
  • Original container and label
  • Stored indoors (never frozen)

Check that the following have not occurred:

  • Mold, mildew growth or a foul odor
  • Solidification or skinning
  • Curdling (semi solid lumps of paint)

If any of these things have occurred, stir in some kitty litter, leave the lid off, put it in a bag and dispose with your trash.

Automotive and small sealed lead batteries are banned from disposal due to their lead content, and may have some scrap value.

Many municipal transfer stations and recycling centers accept automotive batteries for recycling.

Scrap metal dealers usually pay a few dollars for them if delivered to their facility.

Advance Auto PartsAuto Zone, and many service stations accept auto batteries.

In conjunction with Earth Day (April 22), AAA holds their Great Battery Roundup with multiple collection points.

Visit your town's page to see if they are collected there

Do not flush or put prescription medicine down the drain. 

Antibiotics kill beneficial microbes in septic and wastewater treatment systems. Other medications, even at very low concentrations, may have serious detrimental effects on fish, other aquatic life, and drinking water.

The Police Departments in our Member Towns have kiosks for unwanted medications at their main stations, open 24/7, no question asked.

Walgreen's 24 hour pharmacies in Quincy, Randolph and Stoughton host Safe Medication Disposal kiosks.

Alternatively, and for non prescription medications:

FOR PILLS:  crush and pour powder into secure container and put in trash.
FOR LIQUIDS:  pour into a rigid container with inedible material like cat litter, coffee grounds or dirt and seal.

Empty prescription pill containers are too small to be sorted properly in single stream recycling (less than 3 oz). Bring to a "Gimme 5" container at Whole Foods or dispose with trash.

Check with your town about proper disposal and recycling.


Any patients or pets that are undergoing nuclear medicine whose fluids have touched:  kitty litter, diapers, tissues and other absorbents - those materials are considered RADIOACTIVE.

Segregate for 90 days before disposing in the trash, or flush if small and biodegradable.

Detection of any amount of radiation in the trash causes the following chain of events:

  • The entire 20-ton load is rejected at the disposal facility (SEMASS)
  • Driver & vehicle are detained for hours while Mass. DPH is notified
  • The driver must return to town with the load
  • A radiation consultant and hauler sift through the load to attempt to identify the source and type of radiation
  • If the source can’t be identified, the container is reloaded and quarantined for up to three months, until the consultant determines it to be acceptable at SEMASS
  • Cost to taxpayers, ratepayers, or the individual can exceed $1,000

Smoke Detectors and carbon monoxide detectors may be disposed in the trash.

Older ionization smoke detectors containing the the very weak radioactive isotope Americium-241 are not considered hazardous.  Go to smoke detectors at MassDEP site.

Many brand owners will accept them back if you mail them.  Click here for a list of company names and addresses

Newer smoke detectors, as well as carbon monoxide detectors, are photoelectric, and have no radioactive  components.  They may be recycled with electronics.

If a detector contain a non-alkaline battery, the battery must be removed and recycled properly.

Detectors are not made in a way that can be easily deconstructed to their components, which is necessary for recycling any product.  Curie Pack's website says they will deconstruct and recycle smoke detectors for $8 each, if you mail them in.

Empty/solid driveway sealer can be disposed in the trash.  leave lid off.

Latex/ water based driveway sealer is non-hazardous.  Drain off the excess water on the top and leave the pail open / outside so it can harden/dry.  Stirring in some kitty litter or other absorbant material can facilitate this. It may then be disposed in regular trash.  Leave lid off so sanitation staff can ascertain that it is solid.

For oil based sealer, if there is more than a residual amount in the container, bring it to a hazardous waste collection.

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