Household Hazardous Waste Details

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For general information on hard to manage wastes:
DEP Coordinator for Hard to Manage Wastes 617-292-5704

Businesses Call:
Clean Harbors, Seth Dawber (781) 380-7121

The City of Waltham sponsors eight Household Hazardous Products (HHP) collections each year. Collections will be held at the regional Minuteman Lexington Facility, 60 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA.  Waltham residents must bring proof of residency.   The Minuteman is open one weekend day from April thru November each year, the hours of operation are from 9-2. If you need to dispose of hazardous waste from December thru March, contact Clean Harbors at 1-800-444-4244 to dispose for a fee. For additional questions contact the Recycling Department at 781-314-3390 or email

Call Clean Harbors at
to dispose of hazardous waste for a fee.

What to Bring

 » Adhesives & Glues, rubber cement, airplane glue, art supplies
 » Acids/Corrosives
 » Aerosol cans (excluding empty cans)
 » Hair dyes, nail polish remover
 » Anti-freeze, gasoline, brake fluid, motor oil, radiator flush, solvent and degreasers, carburetor cleaner, tire cleaners, transmission flush
 » Batteries, Lithium (if purchased after 1994, button zinc, nicad and lead-acid
 » Blood Pressure Equipment
 » Brighteners, chlorine bleach, spot removers, starch, spray whiteners, dry cleaning solvents, oven cleaners, Rug and upholstery cleaners
 » Cesspool & Septic cleaners and corrosives, drain cleaners, toilet cleaners, pool chemicals
 » Chemistry Set Chemicals, photography chemicals
 » Driveway sealant
 » Fire Extinguishers
 » Fire starters, flammable liquids, kerosene, flammable liquids, lighter fluid, propane tanks empty/partially up to 22lbs
 » Flea & tick powder
 » Fluorescent light bulbs & lamps
 » Fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pest strips, pesticides, poisons, mothballs/crystals
 » Paint, oil bases, varnish, stain & shellac, turpentine, paint thinner & other paint solvents, wood preservatives, polishes and strippers furniture, floor and metal
 » Thermometers, Thermostats

What NOT to Bring

 » Alkaline Batteries
 » Ammunition, Fireworks & Explosives  (call Fire Dept at 617.349.3300)
 » Asbestos  (requires proper disposal)
 » Commercial/Industrial Waste
 » Computer Televisions and CRT’s
 » Construction Debris
 » Infectious & Biological Waste
 » Latex Paint (not hazardous, dry out and put in regular trash.)
 » Prescription Medicines (discard medicine and recycle container)
 » Radioactive Waste
 » Smoke Detectors
 » Syringes


To Ensure Safety, please:

  • Never mix chemicals, the contents of the containers will be measured, not the containers themselves.
  • Tighten caps and lids!
  • Leave materials in original labeled containers,
  • Sort and pack separately: point, pesticides, & household cleaners.
  • Avoid spills and do not put items in garbage bags
  • Pack your vehicle and go directly to the site
  • Never smoke while handling hazardous material.

For more information or questions, please contact the Recycling Department at 781-314-3390.

For more information

For more information on hazardous waste visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) website at
or contact the following:

For consumer questions on HHP:
DEP Household Hazardous Waste Hotline: 800-343-3420

For general information on hard to manage wastes:
DEP Coordinator for Hard to Manage Wastes 617-292-5704

For questions from businesses about how to manage hazardous materials:
DEP Business Compliance Assistance 617-292-5898

For questions specifically about used oil collection centers:
DEP Used Oil Hotline: 617-556-1022

For confidential technical assistance to businesses by a non-regulatory agency:
Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance 617-727-3260

For alternatives to hazardous household products:
Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance 617-727-3260 x696.  The Waltham Recycling Department (165 Lexington St.) distributes a comprehensive booklet listing Alternatives to Hazardous Products, published by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.

For poison exposure information:
Poison Control 617-232-2120

For information on activities in specific geographic areas:
DEP Regional Service Centers:
Northeast 978-661-7677
Southeast 508-946-2714
Central 508-792-7683
Western 413-784-1100 x261