Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days

Household Hazardous Waste Collection is held at the Minuteman Household Hazardous Products Regional Facility at the Lexington Compost Facility, 60 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hazardous Waste Collection requires online pre-registration.

The 2024 Hazardous Waste Collection dates:

Saturday, April 20, 2024
Saturday, May 18, 2024
Saturday, June 15, 2024
Saturday, July 20, 2024
Saturday, August 17, 2024
Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Saturday, October 26, 2024
Saturday, November 9, 2024

NOTE: Registration is required for all HHW collection dates.

Event Guidelines

  • Hazardous materials will ONLY be accepted from trunks, the backs of SUV’s and pick-up truck beds.  Do not bring items in your back seat or other areas of your car/truck.
  • Please DO NOT exit your vehicle for any reason.
  • Face coverings are MANDATORY.
  • Please DO NOT roll down your vehicle windows.
  • Your Driver’s license MUST be available and held up to your window for registration on site.
  • Please DO NOT bring containers that you want back.  NO containers will be returned.

Directions to the facility:

From Rte 128 take exit 31 (Rt 4/225 heading towards Bedford).
At the first light take a right, via jug handle, onto Hartwell Ave.
The composting facility site is ¼ mile on the left just after the bike path .

Description of Services:

Residents of Lexington and participating communities may help protect the environment by taking common household hazardous products (see the full list) to the Minuteman Facility on Hartwell Avenue in Lexington. 

  • Please bring identification and proof of residency with you to the center.
  • Please do not make multiple trips per event.  This slows down the event and it increases the cost to your town, as each town is assessed a fee based on the quantity of material per car brought to the site.
  • The Minuteman Hazardous Products Facility reserves the right to refuse unidentified materials or unacceptable amounts of hazardous waste.

A separate program for small businesses and very small quantity generators (VSQG's) is also available by pre-registration.

What Hazardous Products Can I Bring?

General Household Materials

  • Acids (corrosives)
  • Aerosol cans (excluding empty cans)
  • Art supplies
  • Batteries - Alkaline batteries manufactured before 1994 and all NiCad, button, zinc and lithium batteries
  • Chemistry set chemicals
  • Fiberglass resins
  • Furniture, floor, metal polishes and strippers
  • Hobby supplies (rubber cement, airplane glue etc.)
  • Mercury containing devices (switches, thermostats, fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent bulbs (energy efficient bulbs), broken fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, blood pressure equipment)
  • Moth balls/crystals
  • Oil paint and paint thinners, varnish, stain and shellac (no Latex Paint is allowed) 
  • Paint Strippers
  • Photography chemicals
  • Rug and upholstery cleaners
  • Solvent adhesives
  • Turpentine and other paint solvents
  • Wood preservatives

Bathroom Products

  • Hair dye
  • Nail polish remover
  • Toilet cleaners

Laundry Materials

  • Brighteners
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Spot removers
  • Spray starch
  • Whiteners

Kitchen Materials

  • Drain cleaners
  • Lighter fluids
  • Oven cleaners

Lawn and Garden Materials

  • Cesspool cleaners (corrosives)
  • Flammable liquids/Gasoline
  • Flea and tick powders
  • Fire starters
  • Fungicides
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • No-pest strips
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks, empty or partially empty, up to 20 lbs

Automotive Products

  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries (autos, motorcycles, etc.)
  • Brake fluid
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Oil - used
  • Radiator flush
  • Solvents and degreasers
  • Tire cleaners
  • Transmission fluid
  • Waste fuels (gasoline, kerosene, etc.)

Do Not Bring:

  • Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives
  • Asbestos
  • Commercial hazardous waste
  • Construction waste/building materials
  • CRT's, CPU's, computer monitors, television sets etc.
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Gas cylinders (other than propane)
  • Infectious or biological wastes - medical waste can be dropped off on scheduled collection days
  • Latex Paint - dried out latex paint can be disposed of with your regular trash curbside
  • Medicines or syringes - medical waste can be dropped off on scheduled collection days
  • PCB's
  • Radioactive materials
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Tires

Transportation Tips

  • Tighten caps and lids
  • Leave materials in original containers
  • Pad boxes with newspaper to minimize spills
  • Never mix chemicals
  • Drive directly to the Center
  • Do not smoke

Who Can Participate

Residents from Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Lexington, Lincoln, Waltham and Watertown are the only communities allowed and must pre-registration online.

The household hazardous waste collections at the Minuteman Facility is for member towns only.  Anyone who is not from a member town will be turned away.  All non member residents should check with their local Public Works or Health Department on where to bring your harardous waste.

Watertown residents may bring hazardous household products to the Minuteman Facility. Proof of residency is required at the time of collection.