Hazardous Waste

An important component in Wellesley's environmentally responsible approach to integrated solid waste management is the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.  The upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will take place on Sunday, September 13th, 2020 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m..

All residents participating in this event must abide by the following procedures:

  • The vehicle delivering the waste must have an RDF sticker, or be driven by a Wellesley resident. 
  • All occupants of the vehicle must be wearing a face covering. 
  • All occupants of the vehicle must remain in the vehicle at all times.
  • The hazardous waste items must be clearly marked or distinguished in the TRUNK of the vehicle.  No items will be taken from the passenger seat, middle seats, or rear seats of a vehicle.  Items may also be placed in the bed of a pickup, in a trailer, or in the rear most section of a van. 
  • The hazardous waste items will be moved by RDF staff and/or staff of the collection company. 
If ALL of the above listed procedures cannot be met, please hold onto your items until the next event. 

A list of commonly accepted and unaccepted items is below.  If you cannot wait for our event, here are links to local drop-off centers:

NEDT – Sutton, MA.  

Minuteman Household Hazardous Products Regional Facility – Lexington, MA. 

Clean Harbors – Braintree, MA. 
Accepted Items
  • Acids
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Air Conditioning Refrigerants
  • Ammonia & Bowl Cleaners
  • Antifreeze
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Bleach
  • Brush Cleaners
  • Bug Killers
  • Chemistry Kits
  • Degreasers
  • Disinfectants
  • Drain Cleaners
  • Fertilizers
  • Flammables
  • Herbicides
  • Hobby Chemicals
  • Household Adhesives
  • Household Cleaners
  • Household Solvents
  • Lead-based Paints
  • Needles and Syringes*
  • Over the Counter Medicines
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Paint Thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Photography Chemicals
  • Polishes & Wood Preservatives
  • Rodent Killers
  • Sharps
  • Solvent-based Paints
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals
  • Unused Fire Starters
  • Waxes
  • Weed Killers
Unaccepted Items
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Ammunition*
  • Biological or Infections Materials
  • Commercial Hazardous Waste
  • Controlled Substances (Drugs)
  • Dioxin-contaminated Pesticides
  • Empty Containers
  • Explosives*
  • Fireworks*
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Medical Waste
  • PCBs
  • Pharmaceuticals & Prescription Medicines**
  • Pressure-sensitive Materials
  • Radioactives*
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Spot Removers
  • Unidentifiable Wastes
* Contact Fire Department for disposal advice.
**Contact Police Department for disposal advice.