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Get rid of household hazardous waste

Get rid of household hazardous waste

We hold dropoff days for household hazardous waste four times a year. We’ll post any upcoming dates on this page.

We only take waste from Boston residents. You need to show us proof of your residency. We will not take any waste from businesses, and we reserve the right to reject any materials that you bring.

Please keep in mind
  • Latex and acrylic paint are NOT hazardous. Just let the paint dry out in the can and put it out on your trash day.
  • We offer paper shredding at some of our events. We will shred up to 10 copy paper size boxes or containers of your personal documents. Check the event details on our calendar, or contact BOS:311 to find out if you can shred paper at an event.
  • If you have any questions about our dropoffs, please contact BOS:311.
Still have questions? Contact:
Public Works
1 City Hall Square
Room 714
Boston, MA 02201-2024
United States

Upcoming events

Boston Hazardous Waste Drop Off
Nov 19

Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off

What we will take

What we will take
Household Materials
  • Acids and sulfuric acid, aerosol cans
  • Ammonia cleaners, radiator cleaners, rug cleaners, and upholstery cleaners
  • Artist supplies and hobby supplies like rubber cement
  • Caulk, chemistry set chemicals, pool chemicals
  • Driveway sealer, creosote, furnace cement, and roof cement
  • Dry-cell batteries,  fiberglass resins, and metal cleaners
  • Fire starters, flammable liquids, floor-care products, and furniture polish
  • Mercury bearing waste from fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent light bulbs, thermostats, and mercury switches
  • Photography chemicals, pool chemicals, propane tanks, and rust preventatives
  • Sealant, solvent adhesives, solvent-based cleaners
  • Wax stripper and Wood preservatives
Lawn and Garden Materials
  • Cesspool cleaners
  • Fertilizers
  • Flammable liquids
  • Flea and tick powder
  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • No-pest strips
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Weed killers
Car-related materials
  • ​​​​​​Antifreeze
  • Brake fluid
  • Car batteries
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Degreasers
  • Engine solvents
  • Gasoline and kerosene
  • Motor oil and oil filters
  • Tires (never throw tires out with your regular trash)
  • Tire cleaners
  • Transmission fluid
Kitchen and laundry materials
  • Brighteners
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Detergents
  • Drain cleaners
  • Lighter fluid
  • Moth balls and crystals
  • Oven cleaners
  • Rodent killers
  • Softeners
  • Spray starch
  • Whiteners
Oil-based paint Materials
  • Paint thinners
  • Paint strippers
  • Shellacs
  • Stains
  • Turpentine
  • Varnish

What we will not take

  • Asbestos, explosives, radioactive material, printed circuit boards
  • Fire extinguishers. Empty them and place them with your regular trash.
  • TVs and computer monitors. Call 311 to set up a pickup or place an online request.
  • Latex and acrylic paint. Let the paint dry out and set it with your regular trash.
  • Medical waste, like prescription pills and medicine.

Safely throw out prescription drugs

Boston police have drug disposal kiosks at several district stations. The kiosks dropoffs are anonymous and safe. Please leave the medication in its container, and erase any names or prescription numbers. The police don’t take prescription drugs from businesses.

You can drop off old or unused prescription drugs 24 hours a day, seven days a week at these locations:

  • District A-1: 40 New Sudbury St., Boston, MA 02114
  • District A-7: 69 Paris St., East Boston, MA 02128
  • District B-2: 2400 Washington St., Roxbury, MA 02119
  • District B-3: 1165 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02124
  • District C-6: 101 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
  • District C-11: 40 Gibson Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
  • District D-4: 650 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
  • District D-14: 301 Washington St., Brighton, MA 02135
  • District E-5: 1708 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132 
  • District E-13: 3345 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
  • District E-18: 1249 Hyde Park Ave., Hyde Park, MA 02136