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Household Hazardous Waste Day
The town sponsors one Household Hazardous Waste collection event each year for all Needham residents at no charge. A driver’s license or RTS disposal sticker are required as proof of residency. No materials will be accepted from commercial operations.

The Town of Needham has also entered into reciprocal agreements with six other local municipalities for Household Hazardous Waste collection.  A fee will be assessed when bringing hazardous waste to a town where you are not a resident.  Please view the details here: Reciprocal Household Hazardous Waste Locations

Paint and related products ARE NOT accepted at the same location as the HHW event. All residents may bring paint and related products to the Paint Collection event held on the same day at the Recycling & Transfer Station (RTS). RTS subscribers may bring paint to any collection day indicated below.

2016 Household Hazardous Waste Day - Open to all residents:
WHEN: October 15, 2016, 8:00 - 12:00
WHERE: 470 Dedham Avenue (DPW) - Enter at DeFazio Field
View the Household Hazardous Waste Day Flyer.

2016 Paint Collection
WHEN: October 15, 2015 8:00 - 3:30 - Open to all residents
WHEN: April - October 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:00 - 3:30 - RTS subscribers only
WHERE: Recycling and Transfer Station (RTS), 1421 Central Ave
View the Paint Collection flyer or click here for more information.

Most paint is not hazardous and can be safely disposed of with regular household trash. Please review information on what to bring before bringing paint to a paint collection event.

The Town of Needham will participate in a Mass Save/Eversource Dehumidifier Turn-in Program at this year's HHW Day collection.  Turn in an older, working dehumidifier and receive a $30 rebate.  See the  Mass Save web site for details. 

Any questions, please call DPW at 781-455-7550

Examples of Items to Bring to the Household Hazardous Waste Day
Small quantities of products that in normal usage are disposed of in the trash or down the drain do not need to be brought to a HHW event for disposal if disposed of as intended.

  • Acids
  • Air conditioning refrigerant
  • Anti-freeze (bring to RTS)
  • Artist supplies (large quantities)
  • Asbestos (must dampened also double wrapped in heavy duty contractors bag)
  • Bleach cleaner (large quantities)
  • Brake and transmission fluid
  • Car batteries (bring to RTS)
  • Chemistry kits (labeled toxic)
  • De-greaser
  • Driveway sealer
  • Fertilizer (large quantities)
  • Fuel / gasoline / kerosene
  • Furniture polish
  • Gas or small propane cylinders (less than 20 pounds)
  • Herbicides
  • Lighter fluid
  • Mineral spirits - used or not in original container
  • Mothballs
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint thinner - Used or not in original container
  • Pesticides
  • Photography chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rodent killers
  • Roofing tar

Please put your name on gas and recycling containers if you want them back!

Please Don’t Bring
The following will not be accepted:
  • Pathological
  • PCBs
  • Radioactive waste
  • Shock sensitive materials
  • Smoke detectors (may be disposed of with regular trash)
  • Varnish (take to paint collection day)
  • Wood stain (take to paint collection day)