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Handling Household Hazardous Waste

District residents may bring most household hazardous waste (HHW) free of charge to the HazWaste Center at the District Transfer Station. Please note that you must be a resident of one of the District's 20 member towns to use the HazWaste Center. The HazWaste Center is open six days a week, year round. View the HazWaste Center hours. Business hazardous waste is accepted by appointment only.

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous wastes are materials with hazardous ingredients in them. Product labels with the words "Danger", "Poison", or "Warning" should be kept out of the regular trash. Some hazardous products found around the home include:

Garden supplies 

  • Weed killers 
  • Insecticides
  • Fertilizers with weed killer
  • Wood preservatives
  • Rodent poisons

Paint products

  • Paints and thinners
  • Paint removers 
  • Stains and varnishes
  • Epoxies and adhesives 

Cleaning products

  • Drain openers
  • Oven cleaners 
  • Metal or furniture polish 
  • Spot removers

Automotive products

  • Gasoline 
  • Solvents 
  • Brake fluids 
  • Transmission fluids 
  • Antifreeze 
  • Batteries
  • Polishes and wax 

Mercury-containing devices

  • Thermometers 
  • Thermostats
  • Fluorescent light bulbs

Health & beauty products

  • Hair dyes
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Hair spray
  • Certain hair gels
  • Certain lipsticks
  • Lice shampoo
  • Flea & tick medicine

Home improvement supplies

  • Glues
  • Roofing tar
  • Stains
  • Strippers
  • Varnish

Nicotine products

  • E​​​​​​-cigarettes 
  • Unused nicotine patches 
  • Lozenges, gum
  • Inhalers, sprays, cartridges or refills 

Heating oil & fuels

Lead

  • Fishing sinkers

Lighters, sterno & canned gel fuel

Hobby supplies

  • Pool chemicals
  • Photo chemicals
  • Chemistry sets
  • Some fabric dyes
  • Pottery glaze

Not accepted at the HazWaste Center

The following items are not accepted at the HazWaste Center, but other options for proper disposal exist. Unless noted, do not dispose of these items in the trash.

Preparing & transporting hazardous waste

When you are ready to transport your hazardous waste to the HazWaste Center, please be sure to do the following:

  • Make sure all containers have lids, and that all lids are securely closed.
  • Make sure that no containers have leaks.
  • If a container has no label or has been repackaged into something that wasn't its original container, use a permanent marker to clearly print the name of the product or chemical on the container.  This helps us to safely segregate your waste at a glance.
  • Don't try to mix or consolidate partially-full chemicals by pouring them into the same container.  Wastes in their original packaging are easier and safer for us to identify and sort.
  • If you place your containers in a box or bag, position them so that they are upright and will remain that way during transport.  Be sure the box or bag is strong enough to hold the waste.
  • If your containers are stored outside, place them in an area that protects them from rain or snow accumulation.  Digging containers out of a block of ice or fishing them out of a tub of water is no fun for us!  Try to keep chemical wastes from freezing.  Liquids that freeze take longer for us to process, and can also rupture the container as the frozen liquid expands.
  • If you are uncertain about whether a container is safe to move, DON'T MOVE IT.  Call us first for advice.
  • Try not to transport hazardous waste in a vehicle with children or pets.

HHW Resources

For more information, see: