Household Hazardous Waste
We hold drop-off days for household hazardous waste throughout the year. Scroll down to find our Household Hazardous Waste Day events schedule.
You must be a Boston resident to drop unwanted materials at our Household Hazardous Waste Days. You need to provide a photo ID, utility bill, or lease as proof of residency. We will not accept any waste from businesses. We also reserve the right to reject any materials that do not meet our regulations.
Have questions? Contact:Public Works
1 city hall square, room 714
boston, ma 02201
We accept these materialsAccepted Materials
- Brake fluid
- Car batteries
- Carburetor cleaner
- Engine solvents
- Gasoline and kerosene
- Motor oil and oil filters
- Tires (never throw tires out with your regular trash)
- Tire cleaners
- Transmission fluid
- 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
- Chlorine bleach
- Drain cleaners
- Lighter fluid
- Moth balls and crystals
- Oven cleaners
- Rodent killers
- Spray starch
- Cesspool cleaners
- Flammable liquids
- Flea and tick powder
- No-pest strips
- Weed killers
- Paint thinners
- Paint strippers
Footwear (in pairs):
Heels (wedges, pumps)
Boots (work boots, dress boots, winter boots)
Tops (T-shirts, blouses, shirts, tank tops)
Outerwear (coats, jackets, blazers)
Bottoms (pants, slacks, jeans, sweatpants, skirts, shorts)
Bags (pocketbooks, backpacks, duffle bags, totes)
We don’t accept these materials
- Radioactive material
- Printed circuit boards
- TVs and computer monitors (For these items, schedule a pickup with BOS:311 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 (what to do with medical waste)
- Button Batteries and Household Alkaline Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V)
Keep in mind
- We only take waste from Boston residents. You must provide a photo ID, utility bill, or lease as proof of residency. We will not accept any waste from businesses.
- Latex and acrylic paint are NOT hazardous. Just let the paint dry out in the can and put it out on your trash day, or donate to a local second hand store!
- We offer paper shredding at all of our events. We will shred up to 10 copy paper size boxes or containers of your personal documents.
- We accept all clothing and textiles, including pants, coats, hats, suits, and bags. We accept all textiles that are dry and not moldy. There are certain items that we can't accept.
- You can also recycle electronics at this event. We don't accept commercial electronics from businesses. Learn more about what electronics you can, and can't recycle.
- If you have any questions about our drop-offs, please contact BOS:311.
How to Dispose of Batteries in Boston
Batteries can cause fires if not disposed of correctly. Here’s how to handle and dispose of each type of battery.
These battery types no longer contain mercury and can be disposed of in regular trash.
These batteries are about 1/3” across. They are commonly found in hearing aids.
Traditional Everyday (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V):
These batteries are single use, alkaline batteries.
Please put tape on battery terminals and bring to a local retailer or one of Boston’s Household Hazardous Waste Day’s for proper and safe disposal.
These batteries are typically found in cell phones, laptops, and small power tools. If damaged, they can be extremely flammable.
Rechargeable AA, AAA, C, D, 9V (Ni-Cad):
Please do not put any rechargeable batteries in the trash or recycling. They may contain heavy metals that pose risks to human health and the environment.
These batteries come in a variety of household sizes, including flat nickel-shaped batteries that may not be labeled as lithium. Do not put lithium batteries in the trash or recycling as they can be flammable when damaged or defective. Please put tape on terminals and handle with care.
Lead Acid Automotive or Sealed:
These batteries are commonly found in vehicles, lawnmowers, and some power tools. Leaking lead acid batteries are considered hazardous waste and should be handled with caution.
Paint and Motor Oil Drop-offs
Public Works hosts Saturday swap shops once a month, from May through August, for surplus paint, stains, and varnishes. Residents can also bring used motor oil to this event to be recycled.
PAINT AND MOTOR OIL DROP-OFF SCHEDULE
- May 13, 2023 — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Roxbury DPW, 280 Highland Avenue
- June 17, 2023 — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Hyde Park DPW, 58 Dana Avenue
- July 22, 2023 — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Brighton DPW, 315 Western Avenue
- August 26, 2023 — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | East Boston DPW, 320 East Eagle Street
Safely throw out prescription drugs
The Boston Police Department has anonymous, safe drug disposal kiosks at select district stations. Please leave the medication in its container, and erase any names or prescription numbers. The police don’t accept 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