Household Hazardous Waste Day Is October 24

HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY: Saturday, October 24,
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held on Saturday, October 24, at the DPW Recycling Center, 72 Tremont Street.

From 8 a.m.-12 p.m., you can drop off toxic household items that are not allowed in the trash. Proof of residency is required and a small fee ($2-7) will be charged for each item. Commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Since the improper disposal of hazardous waste is dangerous for Department of Public Works employees and harmful to the environment, we encourage you to take advantage of this important event.

ACCEPTED ITEMS

Paint Products
Oil based paint, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid.

NOTE: Latex paint will NOT be accepted. Dried-up latex paint can be disposed of Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. -3 p.m., at the Public Works Operations Facility in Melrose.

Fuels/Auto Products
Gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, motor oil, engine degreaser, brake fluid, carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes

Gardening Fluids
Poisons, insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, weed killer

Household Items
Rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry set, furniture polish, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby supplies, artist supplies, mothballs, flea control products

Miscellaneous
Driveway sealer, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals

TRANSPORTING THESE ITEMS
To safely transport these items, leave the materials in their original containers. Make sure to tighten caps and lids. Oil paint, pesticides and household cleaners should be sorted and packed separately. It’s also a good idea to pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and pad with newspaper. Drive directly to the collection site as soon as the car is packed. Never mix chemicals or smoke while handling hazardous material.

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED
Empty containers/trash, commercial or industrial waste, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, infectious and biological wastes, pressurized cylinders, ammunition, fireworks and explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, asbestos, oil filters

Please do not throw these items in the trash. To properly dispose of them, call a private disposal company.

For more information, call the DPW Office at 781-665-0142.

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