Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Day


The Town of Acton holds a Hazardous Waste Day twice a year and offers residents a safe and legal way of disposing of hazardous materials. For more information on hazardous waste disposal or Hazardous Waste Day, please contact the Health Department at 978-929-6632.

The 2017 Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and the 2017 Fall Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the DPW Garage located at 14 Forest Road from 9:00 am until 11:30 am. This collection service is for Acton residents only and proof of residency will be required.

See our Household Hazardous Waste Day Flyer for more information.
 
 

Items No Longer Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day


Motor oil, Fluorescent light bulbs, Televisions, CRT's, Medications and Sharps will no longer be accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day.  Acton residents can recycle these items at the Acton Transfer Station during normal business hours with a Recycling Sticker. (see cost below*): 

  •  Motor oil is accepted at the Acton Transfer Station.
  •  Fluorescent light bulbs now accepted at the Acton Transfer Station in the light blue shed during normal operating hours (see website for hours).  
  •  Televisions and CRT’s are accepted at the Transfer Station during normal operating hours (see website for hours).  There will be an additional $25 charge per unit and is payable at the entrance to the Transfer Station by cash or check payable to the “Town of Acton.”  This fee will help cover the cost for disposal of these items.
  •  Medications can be dropped off in their original container in the front foyer of the Public Safety Building located at 371 Main Street 24-hours per day.  Sharps (syringes) can now be brought to the left foyer of the Town Hall located at 472 Main Street, from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday excluding holidays and dropped into the red kiosk labeled sharps. 

*Acton Transfer Station Sticker or Recycling only sticker is required. Cost for a recycling only sticker is  $15 annually ($5 for seniors 65+)*
  

How to Dispose of Some Common Items:

 
 

SMOKE DETECTORS
Certain smoke detectors contain a radioactive sensing device, but the radioactivity is so low that it is considered harmless. Remove battery and dispose of smoke detector in the trash.

LATEX PAINT
This can be disposed of as trash only if dry. To dry small amounts, remove lid and let the paint dry in the can. For larger amounts, you can purchase paint hardener that immediately dries paint, mix with kitty litter or pour one-inch layers of paint in a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag. Stir the paint occasionally to speed drying. Put completely dried paint in the trash. Latex paint will NOT be accepted at Hazardous Waste Day.
 
  HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES
 
  • Alkaline batteries: Domestically manufactured batteries made after 1994 no longer contain mercury and can be disposed of in the trash.
  • Nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries: Do NOT dispose of in the trash. Bring to the next Household Hazardous Waste Day or into the Health Department, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Button batteries: Do NOT dispose of in the trash. Bring them into the Health Department, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Lithium batteries: Do NOT dispose of in the trash. Bring to the next Household Hazardous Waste Day or into the Health Department, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
    •  Motor oil is accepted at the Acton Transfer Station.
    •  Fluorescent light bulbs now accepted at the Acton Transfer Station in the light blue shed during normal operating hours (see website for hours).  
    •  Televisions and CRT’s are accepted at the Transfer Station during normal operating hours (see website for hours).  There will be a $25 charge per unit and is payable at the entrance to the Transfer Station by cash or check payable to the “Town of Acton.”  This fee will help cover the cost for disposal of these items.
    •  Medications can be dropped off in their original container in the front foyer of the Public Safety Building located at 371 Main Street 24-hours per day.  Sharps (syringes) can now be brought to the left foyer of the Town Hall located at 472 Main Street, from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday excluding holidays and dropped into the red kiosk labeled sharps.
     *Acton Transfer Station Sticker or Recycling only sticker is required. Cost for a recycling only sticker is  $15 annually ($5 for seniors 65+)*