For more options on items that can't go in the recycling cart, see MassDEP's "Beyond the Bin" Directory. You can also find a list of companies that dispose of items for a fee here. Additional options to borrow can be found on the WPL's "Library of Things"
Ammunition can be brought to the Waltham Police Department and they will destroy it.
When you purchase a new appliance, ask your new appliance provider if they will pick up your old appliance. EZ Disposal & Recycling can also pick-up old appliances. Call them at 781-233-2211 to schedule an appointment for them to be picked up on your recycling day. Leave items curbside. Workers do not assist with transport to the curb.
You must use a licensed asbestos removal contractor to dispose of asbestos:
Recycle for Gold
Mothers against Drunk Driving
National Kidney Foundation
American Lung Association
WBUR Public Radio
Diapers, food, blankets, & clothes can be donated to Christ Church (750 Main St) on Tuesdays & Thursday, 10am-2pm. Call Sally Lobo at 781-893-6034 (Donations benefit low-income women)
Batteries (lithium, lead, and button, alkaline)
See: Battery Disposal
Alkaline Batteries- These are your traditional AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt batteries. All batteries made since 1994 contain no added mercury and only contain trace amounts that are not hazardous. Because of this they CAN be disposed of in your regular trash. Alkaline batteries will be labeled with “no added mercury” or with a green tree logo.
All other batteries must be treated as hazardous waste.
Rechargeable batteries- Visit Call2Recycle and enter Waltham to find drop-off locations to recycle rechargeable batteries for free. Home Deport, Radio Shacks, and Staples.
Lithium, lead, button, and other- These are hazardous. Many stores selling watches or hearing aids will accept used button batteries. Home Depot will accept and lithium batteries for power tools, such as drills, saws, lights, etc. Staples will accept batteries free of charge. Otherwise, bring to the Minuteman Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. (See: Hazardous Waste.)
Button Cell Batteries - Collection boxes are available at the Waltham Consolidated Public Works/Recycling Department, 165 Lexington Street, 8:30AM - 4:30PM (Rebates benefit Healthy Waltham). Button cell collection boxes are also at the Waltham Public Library & Council on Aging (488 Main Street)
Interstate Batteries - 1030 Main St | 781-314-9610. Take car, truck, and household rechargeable batteries (lithium or lead acid batteries). No alkalines
Staples - Take rechargeable Lithium batteries only | 781-899-4943
Bikes not Bombs (617-442-0004), a non-profit organization located in Roxbury, is working to promote community development and alternative transportation. Donated bikes are shipped to third world countries and used locally to train young people as bicycle mechanics. Kids can also build/recondition a bike through the Earn-A-Bike program. Part of the program involves the kids participating in community service
Biological & Infectious Waste
More than Words: https://www.mtwyouth.org/ 56 Felton Street, Waltham MA: 781-788-0035 - Empowers disadvantaged youth to take charge of the business. Will take books, audiobooks, university publishers, music, CD's, DVD's & videogames. Drop off.
Waltham Library: 781-314-3425, See www.waltham.lib.ma.us/policies/donations.php
Big Hearted Books: 781-784-0813: will take books, CDs, DVDs, records, cell phones, comic books, audio books
Bottles and Cans (Redeemable)
Can be recycled. Rinse, clean, and crush.
Waltham Bottle & Can Return
Bubble Wrap & Packing Peanuts
|The UPS Store (738 Main St, across from the Waltham Library) will take these|
Antique dealers frequently take these
Earth Worm: 417-628-1844
Waltham businesses can request recycling pickup if they are located on an existing residential recycling route. Call Recycling Department for more details at 781-314-3391
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Remove Batteries. Throw detector in regular trash.
Clean cardboard should be broken down and put into your recycling carts with the lid closed. If you have excess cardboard, you can also take it to our corrugated dumpster at 165 Lexington St in Waltham.
Cassettes (Video & Audio)
|Savers: 500 Cochituate Rd, Framingham MA - Takes them to sell second hand; drop them off in donation building, which is painted green. The Savers in Burlington (91 Middlesex Turnpike) takes them as well.|
American Legion: Waverly Oaks Rd & Beaver St (781-647-0156). 11AM-12 midnight. Drop off at Members Bar, 258 Wav Oaks Rd.
AT&T: Take old cell phones to location in Waltham (781-890-6074)
Christmas trees and wreathes
Christmas Trees can be recycled and will be picked up at curbside for 3 weeks following Christmas. Remove all decorations. No wreaths with metal backing. Check our homepage for info regarding alternative drop-off locations.
Cleaning Supplies (rug cleaner, wood preservatives, aerosol cans, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, bleach, etc)
Take both remaining product and empty containers as the containers may still contain residue.
Clothes for rags
|Unwanted clothes can be brought to the Big hearted Book and Clothing Company. They will take clothing both for re-use AND also clothing to be used for rags. There is a donation container located at 154 River Street, Waltham MA. You can also call them for pick-up at 781-784-0813 if you have at least 8 boxes or 3 bags to donate.|
Take small quantities to Minuteman Hazardous Products Facility in Lexington, MA. See here for more info
EZ Disposal will pick-up computer monitors ONLY, curbside on your regular trash day. Call ahead for appointment at 781-233-2211.
For Apple equipment, purchase a prepaid shipping label from the Electronic Recycling Program, 888-638-2761. The $30 (US) fee covers all costs associated with shipping used products to the Apple recycling vendor.
American Reclamation Corporation
Cooking Oil (i.e. from a Turkey Fryer)
Larger quantities of cooking oil (example: Turkey Fryers) is considered hazardous waste and should be taken to the Minuteman Hazardous Waste Facility in Lexington.
EZ Disposal will take small household copiers only. Call to schedule a pick up at 781-233-2211.
Call EZ Disposal at 781-233-2211 by 3:30pm the day before and let them know that you have a dehumidifier. Then put it out with your regular trash.
see: Construction Waste
Call EZ Disposal at 781-233-2211 to make an appointment for pick-up curbside on your regular trash day.
Play it Again Sports (Buy & Sell) 108 River street, Waltham MA | 781-609-2506
EZ Disposal & Recycling will collect stationary bikes from your curbside on your scheduled pick-up day.
Eye Glasses & Hearing Aids
|Waltham Lions Club collects these items. See here for info: Waltham Lions Club|
|Donate to charity - Global Thrift at 322 Moody Street, or the Goodwill Box located at 1100 Lexington Street.|
EZ Disposal does not pick up fire extinguishers. Lexington Minuteman Facility does not accept fire extinguishers
Contact Keane Fire and Safety Equipment
Call JRM at 800-323-4285 to schedule a pickup for file cabinets. Also see: Metal
|Take flares to the Waltham Fire Prevention Department, 175 Lexington Street in Waltham|
|Food Waste||City Compost|
All foods, including meat, dairy, fish, bones, & oil
$3.25/week or $5 every other week
No meat, dairy, bones, or sea food
$10/week or $12 every other week
978-290-4610 ext. 5
Dairy, meat & fish bones, shells. No yard waste
$3.50/week, $2 (over 100 communities), $1.89 (over 300 communities)
To Donate, See: Donating your recycling & trash to charities. Old furniture that is not donated should be put out at the curb on your regular trash day.
Empty Gas Cans can be put in the trash with the lid off.
Moody Street Mobile NO LONGER accepts gasoline or oil
Minuteman Hazaroud Facility
Gas grills go out with the trash.
Glass and broken glass should be put in a sealed box or barrel for trash. Mark it clearly glass. Do not put in a bag.
|Put out with trash for EZ Disposal to pick up. If gas powered, gas should be removed and taken to Minuteman Hazardous Products Facility (page 2)|
Residents take their hazardous products one day per month, April – November. You must pre-register. See more here (pg 2)
Hearing Aids & Eye Glasses
|Waltham Lions Club collects these items. See here for info: Waltham Lions Club|
Heater (gas, water)
Call EZ Disposal at 781-233-2211 and tell them you will be leaving it out.
Return to Company where you bought it. Look for name on tank.
Middlesex Gasses: 508-879-7820, take unidentified tanks there
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (Care for abused, abandoned, neglected children) | 877-977-7572
mail cards to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
Infectious Disease Items
For information on disposing Infectious Waste from your home or medical facility, see HERE
Certain Invasive plants should be trashed, according to a special directive from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Please do not put in compost or yard waste. Plants that can be disposed include: Kudzu, Black Swallow-Wort (seed pods or whole plant), Japanese Knotweed, Purple Loosestrife, Garlic Mustard and Sticky Weed, Oriental Bittersweet, Poison Ivy (secure in heavy plastic bag to protect workers).
iPods may be returned to an Apple store for 10% off of your next iPod purchase.
Also, see: Electronics
Catalog Choice Go to catalogchoice.org. Create account, free of charge. Use Search Box to find company (for elimination of mail) and submit the opt-out. If you get mail from that business again, Catalog Choice will follow up for you.
Throw away in trash. Never flush since litter can clog pipes. If possible, use biodegradable plant based litter such as a kitty litter.
Or you can make your own from newspaper
Latex paint is not hazardous. You must dry it out so the paint will not run on the street; dispose of it at curbside with the lid OFF in a bag inside your trash bin/barrel.
Other options for unopened cans: Craig’s List (under free items) or freecycle.org
See donation options at the end of the page here
Laundry materials (bleach, detergent, spot remover, starch)
see: Hazardous Waste Info
Push Mower - see Metal
can go out in trash. Call EZ Disposal at 781-233-2211
Power Mower - drain gas and put out for trash.
Ride Mower - Call for private hauler for pick-up. EZ Disposal will NOT pick up.
see: Yard Waste & Yard Waste Program in the Recycling & Trash Brochure
LED lights can be brought to the Minuteman Hazardous Waste Facility. See more here
Also see Home Depot option under "Light Bulb" below:
Light Bulb (fluorescent &compact fluorescent /CFL)
Boston Bark, 73 Pond St | 781-647-7500
Put in Trash
Conigliaro Industries: 888 266-4425
Waltham Residents can dispose of dry medications (no liquids, creams, or inhalers) at the Waltham Police Department, 155 Lexington St, at the kiosk in the front lobby.
Contact your doctor to see if he or she offers a medicine disposal program.
Step by step instructions to clean up broken fluorescent lightbulb spills please see HERE
Mercury Cleanup Hotline
A professional crew should handle spills other than thermometer or fluorescent bulb.
For Bulk Mercury - Call the recycling Department at 781-314-3391 for safe removal and recycling assistance.
We ONLY take Mercury switches. Bring to the Waltham Consolidated Public Works/Recycling Department (165 Lexington Street)
Richardson Walter, Inc.
Microwaves may be put out with the regular trash.
The best way to get rid of a usable mirror would be to donate it. See Donations.
Option 1: See Recycling & Trash Brochure
Option 2: A&A Waste Oil - 307 Warren Street, Waltham MA - 781-899-3348
Option 3: Auto Zone, 140 Lexington St, Waltham MA
See: Quick Links: Household Hazardous Waste, Paint Disposal.
Oil-based paint should be taken to the Minuteman Facility in Lexington.
Latex Paint: Latex paint is not hazardous. You must dry it out so the paint will not run on the street; dispose of it at curbside with the lid OFF in a bag inside your trash bin/barrel. To dry it out, use: 1. paint hardener from the hardware store, 2. Kitty Litter, OR 3. Paint it out on newspaper
Can be recycled curbside. No food soiled paper/boxes, no wax lined paper cups, and no pizza boxes.
Packing Paper – for large amounts, you can use barrels or yard waste bags. Must be labeled "Recycling" and be placed far away from trash.
Pesticide (herbicide, fungicide, insecticide, rat poison, etc)
Bring both remaining product and empty containers as containers may retain chemical residue.
Photography / photographic supplies
Chemicals may be taken to the Minuteman Hazardous Products Facility in Lexington -- see: Recycling & Trash Brochure
|See: Invasive Plants|
EZ Disposal & Recycling does not accept plastic bags of any kind whatsoever in Recycling carts. Plastic bags can be dropped off at Market Basket and Hannafords (accept all types: grocery, shopping, film packaging etc.) or Shaws (accepts only grocery bags with handles).
For more information, visit http://plasticfilmrecycling.org
Plastic Container (milk jug, yogurt container, soda bottle, detergent bottle, etc)
Rinse clean and crush before putting in recycling bin.
Reuse, donate, or dispose of in regular trash. Please see our donation website.
Can also print pre-paid shipping label from Staples Advantage and send back cartridges to receive $2 back in Staples Rewards for each cartridge.
The United States Post Office reuses rubber bands. Leave them out for your mail carrier, take to the Post Office, or place in a bag in a blue mailbox.
|Can be put in Recycling cart. To avoid paper pieces blowing out during pickup, they can be placed in a paper bag|
EZ Disposal does not pick up sinks.
Smoke detectors can be put out with the regular trash after the batteries are removed
Can also send them back to the manufacturer via ground mail.
A popular manufacturer is:
Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program collects old sneakers of any brand. This program grinds up the shoes and uses them in the surfacing of playgrounds and athletic courts in underprivileged communities. See the website for details on where you can drop off or mail your old sneakers.
EZ Disposal will NOT pick up. Call 1-800-GOT JUNK
Call Boston Bark at 781-647-7500
Sports & Exercise Equipment
|Play it Again Sports (Buy & Sell) 108 River street, Waltham MA | 781-609-2506|
|EZ Disposal & Recycling will collect stationary bikes from your curbside on your scheduled pick-up day|
Does NOT go out with curbside recycling.
Styrofoam packing peanuts can be dropped off at Mail Boxes Etc. 738 Main St, Waltham.
All Styrofoam can be recycled at Conigliaro Industries in Framingham for a fee.
|We ONLY take Mercury switches. Bring to the Waltham Consolidated Public Works/Recycling Department (165 Lexington Street)|
For disposal, residents may contact the following mail back services: Stericycle 1-800-355-8773 or Medasend 1-800-200-3581. Additional info can be found here
Tanks (acetyne torch, propane, oxygen, helium)
Acetyne torches: Arco Welding Supply Co.
Propane Tank: Minuteman Hazardous Waste
Others- empty and bring to scrap yard
Call EZ Disposal at 781-233-2211. Pick-up curbside on your regular trash day. Call ahead for appointment. Includes flat screen T.V.s
|See here for disposal info|
Donate to charity - Global Thrift at 322 Moody Street, or the Goodwill Box located at 1100 Lexington Street.
Bring to Waltham recycling Dept., Municipal Center, 165 Lexington St to exchange for digital thermometer
All tires may be taken to any Tire store to recycle for a small fee.
Toaster ovens should be put out with the regular trash
EZ Disposal does not pick up toilets.
Global Thrift - 322 Moody Street, Waltham MA
If the treadmill is in working order consider donating or selling it.
Typewriters can be put in the trash
You can put them in the trash
Call EZ Disposal at 781-233-2211.
Empty all the oil out, and then you can put it out with your regular trash. Take oil to the Minuteman Facility. See Recycling & Trash Brochure.
Wood (lumber, branches, brush, trimmmings, trees)
EZ Disposal will take only paper that does NOT contain wax or foil, or any ribbon. Never burn in fireplace. Must be folded flat and placed in paper bag. Corrugated boxes should be collapsed for recycling.
1-866-569-1718 or 617-569-1718
Can be disposed in the regular trash.
EZ Disposal & Recycling collects Yard Waste every other week from April 5th through December 10th, 2021. Collection alternates according to your address and the shading color in your mapped zone (Shaded/Un-Shaded). To find out if you are a (Shaded) A WEEK resident or an (Un-Shaded) B WEEK resident, please see this Yard Waste Map and follow the instructions.
Once you've determined if you are a Shaded A WEEK resident or an Un-Shaded B WEEK resident, go to the Yard Waste page (pg 3) of our Recycling & Trash Brochure and follow the calendar/schedule for your week.
You may include leaves, grass, and all other easily raked material. Small twigs & branches less than 2 inches in diameter and less than 3 feet long are okay. No stumps, logs, rocks, or stones. Must be in paper leaf bags or in barrels up to 50lbs marked with “yard waste”. Free yard waste stickers are available at 165 Lexington St. It is illegal to throw away yard waste in regular trash pickup.
*Make note - The City also provides a Leaf Vacuuming Program, where leaves from each household will be vacuumed one day per year, November - December. Bring your leaves to your curb before the Monday of your pick-up week. Leaves won't necessarily be picked-up on your usual trash & recycling day. See page 3
Disposal for a Fee Companies: The companies below provide various disposal services for a fee:
We Get Rid of It
Clean Out Your House, Inc.